MILLINGTON, Tenn. — Military bands are a valued part of American culture, with their musicians lending a sense of patriotism, pride and nostalgia to performances at sporting events, hospitals, small-town parades and service-member funerals.
For years, Navy Band Mid-South, based in Millington, Tennessee, played for audiences that not only enjoyed renditions of "God Bless America" or the Navy theme song, but also pieces of rock and roll and jazz music. But because of budget cuts, the Navy decided to dismantle the 30-plus member band, sending its musicians to other bands around the world and disappointing some in small towns.
MED Week is a national program of the Minority Business Development Agency under the US Department of Commerce. Annually it recognizes the power of minority businesses.
In Memphis, the yearly MED week observation is presented by The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (The MMBC Continuum) and the Memphis MBDA Business Center. The MMBC Continuum was awarded a MBDA Business Center in 2012 as part of a four-year grant.
They are, most of them, 30-something, city-planning luminaries who have been quietly converting some of Memphis’ most disparaged communities into recreated entities of beauty.
Last Friday was their ribbon-cutting ceremony, staged at their new office at 119 Court Avenue, Suite 100 – a generous, in-kind donation by Cadence Bank, valued at $130,000. This is the new home of Community L.I.F.T. (Leveraging Investments For Transformation) for the next two years.
Wilberforce University – the first college owned and operated by African Americans – is a historical gem that’s stood the test of time, weathering many storms since its founding in Wilberforce, Ohio in 1856.
Today is no different, with Wilberforce one of many historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) confronted with financial hardships, low student enrollment and administrative challenges. At present, the university is methodically working its way through a challenging accreditation procedure during the Higher Learning Commission’s review process.
Hamilton High School Memphis is among the top failing high schools in the state. It’s just that simple. Of the 935 students presently enrolled, said U.S. News and World Report, only 7.8 are deemed “college-ready.” Only 38 percent are proficient in English and 31 percent are proficient in Algebra.
No measure of school spirit can change those numbers. Until now, that is. School spirit is exactly what’s going to change those numbers, members of the alumni association said.