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Memphis Group Plans Protest Of Graceland Vigil

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Posted at 10:25 PM, Aug 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-13 23:25:59-04

A group associated with the Black Lives Matter movement has planned to protest the annual candlelight vigil at Graceland to mark the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.

The Commercial Appeal reported the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens has been calling the planned Monday protest "Operation Blue Suede Shoes."

Group member Al Lewis said the group, which has protested the killing of black people by police, chose Graceland because it "represents the tremendous disparity of what works for a few that doesn't work for the many."

In July, some demonstrators were detained and cited for blocking Elvis Presley Boulevard outside of Graceland, which has been a major tourist draw for the city.

Elvis Presley Enterprises spokesman Kevin Kern told the newspaper Graceland officials were working with local law enforcement agencies to ensure public safety.