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No longer interim, Dorsey Hopson is ‘the superintendent’

hopsononpoint-600Recently, while speaking to a group of Memphians committed to raising the number of college graduates in the city, Dorsey Hopson started out by saying, "thanks."

Six months ago, he could not have envisioned standing before the attendees as the interim superintendent of the newly merged Shelby County Schools, he said.

Well, if so, that means that he did not see coming then what happened to him on Tuesday night. The Shelby County Board of Education – a seven-member body operating one short – unanimously turned to Hopson to lead the district on a permanent basis. The move meant the end of a nationwide search to find "the right person" for the job.

Memphis Children’s March steps forward with purpose

childrenmarch-1-600The line of marchers was not that long – about 50-plus. Down Riverside Drive it went, sounding off with lyrics from familiar standards:

"Keep Your Eyes on the Prize,"

"Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,"

"This Little Light of Mine,"

And, of course, "We Shall Overcome."

The Memphis Children's March was a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Presented by Gilliam Communications, owners of 1340-WLOK, it was a prelude to the radio station's 39th Annual Stone Soul Picnic in Tom Lee Park.

Bartlett youth’s photo to get Broadway view

Matthew M-400For five-year-old Matthew McInnis of Bartlett, the bright lights of Broadway are in his immediate future.

On Sept. 21, Matthew's photo will be part of the National Down Syndrome Society's (NDSS) annual Times Square Video presentation.

The featured photographs highlight children, teens and adults with Down syndrome working, playing and learning alongside friends and family. The collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, which is the NDSS mission.

Wharton visits White House for gun violence talks with Obama

obama-and-wharton-600Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was part of a select group of mayors invited to join President Barack Obama at the White House this week to discuss curbing youth violence.

Wharton's visit coincided with the 50th Anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, where civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Speaking about gun violence, Wharton said, "It's really perplexing because Dr. King did not die for that; that was not the dream he had."

TSD launches 2013 Best in Black Awards

B-In-B-logo-notype-600It's that time. The questions are once again being asked. Who has the best hot wings in Memphis? What about soul food? What is the best barbershop in Memphis? Who's the best hip-hop artist? Best choir? Youth entrepreneur? How about beauty salon? What nail salon tops all others?

The second annual Best In Black Awards hosted by The New Tri-State Defender will shine a light upon some of the best African-American businesses, community organizations and entrepreneurs in the Mid-South.

TSD Publisher and President Bernal E. Smith II said the BIB Awards celebrate African-American owned and supported businesses in the Mid-South, serving as a marketing and recognition platform for those same companies while ultimately encouraging the community's next generation of business leaders.

UTHSC grant to aid promising female minority students

MedtechDSC-600When you get a diagnosis as the result of a medical test, do you ever stop to consider who ran that test?

Probably not. Still, about 70 percent of medical diagnoses are made with information from the laboratory provided by medical laboratory scientists.

The demand for medical laboratory scientists is expected to rise by at least 13 percent through 2020, according to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. And salaries are also on the rise, with the median wage, based on location, estimated at $56,870. The unemployment rate of medical laboratory scientists is less than 2 percent, which is matched only by that of pharmacy technicians.

Discrimination due to pregnancy? EEOC files suit

eeoc-logo-600x600Jiji, Inc., a Holiday Inn franchisee located in Batesville, Miss., violated federal law when it fired an employee because of her pregnancy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed Thursday (Aug. 22).

According to the EEOC's suit, Te'Shawn Harmon informed her manager of her pregnancy on her first day of work. That evening, the manager terminated Harmon and replaced her with a non-pregnant employee, the EEOC said.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The EEOC filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Oxford Division after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement. The suit seeks back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, reinstatement and injunctive relief.

Empowerment Conference solidifies MULYP’s Legacy

MULYP-600Empowering Young Professionals is the founding principle of the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP) – hosts of the inaugural "Empowerment: Building Our Legacy" Conference held at the Hilton Hotel last Saturday (Aug. 17).

MULYP leadership designed the conference to solidify the group's 10-year legacy as the premiere organization to encourage and educate young professionals as the community, government and business leaders of the future in Memphis.

"There's never a great time to take a perfect opportunity," said Aaron Arnold, MULYP's Empowerment Conference keynote speaker. "I believe average people can create great things but I always wanted to be a part of something great."