National group in Memphis to talk about Lead and its effects on families

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- A group of young adults from various backgrounds were in Memphis to inform communities about the impact of lead in our water Saturday.

The Black Millennials for Flint partnered with various organizations to bring awareness to the ongoing health scare at Shelby County Schools.

They met at the Memphis Merit Academy in Parkway Village.

The purpose of this community session was to spread awareness surrounding lead prevention, provide a breakdown of the SCS safe drinking water policy and make local & state recommendations for amendments.

“It can have issues with cognitive development, it can potentially cause low IQ,” said Latricea Adams, CEO, President of Black Millennials for Flint.  “There’s also issues around behavioral issues, so mental health issues so there is a range of various, severe irreversible damage that can be done if children are poisoned by lead.”

Representatives say Shelby County and the State of Tennessee are moving in the right direction and they hope this event will encourage the community to advocate for funding from the state to make our schools lead free.

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