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‘We’ve always been here’

‘We’ve always been here’
A group of local African-American artists hoping to bring more attention to African-American art will display their artwork on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., during a one-day exhibit and sale at Empire Chemical Supply Company, 1384 Jackson Ave.
 
“As an art connoisseur and admirer of the artists, I think this exhibit is very positive and great for Memphis,” said Councilman Joe Brown, who owns the company providing the space for the art exhibit. “It’s great when artists get together and it’s an opportunity for the community to come out to meet and greet them.”  

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  • Written by Wiley Henry
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In the wake of Ferguson, a community conversation

In the wake of Ferguson, a community conversation
When a group of stakeholders in Memphis’ future gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum to discuss the fatal shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager fatally shot a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Tracy Buckley was in the mix.
 
So was Buckley’s son, Jordyn Buckley, a 12-year-old student at Grizzles Prep Academy. In fact, Jordyn was the primary reason Tracy Buckley attended the event (Sept. 11).

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ASALH to converge on Memphis as it weighs ‘Civil Rights in America’

ASALH to converge on Memphis as it weighs ‘Civil Rights in America’
Like pilgrims making the trek to a holy shrine, nearly 1,000 academics, government officials, community leaders and ordinary folks from across the nation will convene in Memphis Sept. 24th-28th for the 99th Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference (ASALH). 
 
This year’s theme is “Civil Rights in America.”
 
“Our organization is the granddaddy of civil rights organizations,” said Dr. Daryl M. Scott, ASALH president. 

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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The Classic at 25 – still ‘team’ powered

The Classic at 25 – still ‘team’ powered

The staff of Summitt Management was diligently working deadline lists Monday (Sept. 8) in preparation for the 25th edition of the Southern Heritage Classic when a call from the Peabody Hotel caused the close-knit team to burst into laughter.

 “I’m going to be the honorary Peabody duckmaster,” CEO Fred Jones informed the room, then broke into a laugh louder than anyone else’s in the instant merriment.

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  • Written by Tony Jones
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Memphis school improvement efforts in spotlight as Duncan finishes back-to-school tour

Memphis school improvement efforts in spotlight as Duncan finishes back-to-school tour

Efforts to improve historically low-scoring schools in Memphis were in the national spotlight Wednesday as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan ended his back-to-school bus tour of southern states with a pep rally and town hall meeting at Cornerstone Prep, a charter school that’s part of the state-run Achievement School District.

Duncan said he chose to end his tour in Memphis in order to “look at the turnaround work that’s happening there and the overall improvement in schools.”

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Memphis, group gets 2 federal crime-related grants

Memphis, group gets 2 federal crime-related grants

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal officials say the city of Memphis and a safe-neighborhoods organization have received two grants totaling more than $1 million to protect victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and reduce gang and gun violence.

The U.S. attorney's office for West Tennessee says the city, in collaboration with the Shelby County Rape Crisis Center, will use a $900,000 grant to improve post-testing requirements for victim notifications, investigations and prosecution of sexual assault cases resulting from the processing of backlogged rape kits.

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