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“Big 7” Offers Help After Deadly South Memphis Fire

The community in the south Memphis neighborhood where nine people lost their lives in a house fire continues to try to offer support to family and friends.
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The community in the south Memphis neighborhood where nine people lost their lives in a house fire continues to try to offer support to family and friends.

That support system includes a group of men known as the “Big 7.”

“We just want to come out as the Big 7 and let people know everything is going to be ok. You gotta push. You gotta push through it,” said Terrence Boyce who is the founder of the group.

Boyce is a local gospel rap artist who started the “Big 7” as an homage to “The Big 6” which included civil rights heavy weights like Dr. King and now U.S. Senator John Lewis and others. 

“In 1963, Martin Luther King had the Big 6 when they had the march for freedom and jobs and at 2 o’clock in the morning God gave me the “big 7″ and 7 represents completion,” said Boyce. 

The Big 7 has had other events in the community, but the house fire that took so many lives compelled them to act again. 

“We have a job to help heal the community and that’s where it all starts,” said Big 7 member Paul Harris

On Saturday at 6p.m. there will be a prayer ceremony for the victims at 1173 Severson near James Street. 

“To me, this is apart of the body of Memphis that is hurting and we need to and say, hey, here’s the band-aid. Here’s the first aid kit, and in our case, here is the prayer,” said Big 7 member Malik Johnson.