JACKSON, Miss. – "The people have decided!" Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba told supporters Tuesday night.
The civil rights attorney and councilman easily defeated three independents, winning 87 percent of the vote. Lumumba will take over the reins from Mayor Harvey Johnson on July 1. However, news headlines across the country seem to be fueling an uneasiness in white America, not just in Jackson, as to who "the people" are.
A few of the headlines throwing jabs at Mayor-elect Lumumba read: "Former Lawyer for Tupac and Assata Shakur Wins..." "Ex-Black Nationalist Wins..." and "Former Civil Rights Activist New Mayor..."
The Memphis NAACP Youth Council has welcomed in new leadership for the coming year.
Officers and committee chairs were installed at the recent meeting of the Youth Council in their traditional candlelight ceremony. Madeleine Taylor, executive director of the Memphis Branch NAACP, conducted the installation service, which was followed by an address on leadership by D. John Jackson, vice president Global Customer Services/Customer Identity at FedEx.
Going on now for more than a decade, County Commissioner Sidney Chism's annual political picnic is where the local Democratic Party's big players announce their big news, try to solidify connections and do the sideline pushing to forward agendas.
This year's event was held this past Sunday (June 9) at his urban mini ranch in Whitehaven and it did not disappoint.
At the top of the list was the announcement by former county commissioner Deidre Malone that she will be filing to run for Shelby County Mayor in the Democratic Party primary scheduled for May 6th, 2014.
Longtime Democratic Party power Sidney Chism says he will be leaving public office and front line politics when his term as a county commissioner is completed in 2014.
Now 73 and looking forward to enjoying time at home with his wife and grandchildren, Chism laments that, "Our younger people have lost interest in politics. The fight is not there as it should be because us older guys did not provide an avenue for them to become involved."
In short, Chism said he and his generational peers dropped the ball by not making sure that every segment of the community was fairly included to advance its needs and dreams.
Thirty-seven prekindergarten (Pre-K) classrooms have been reinstated for the 2013-14 school year to boost the number of 4 year olds the unified district can accommodate this fall.
The district reopened 12 classrooms at school sites and 25 at community partner centers, allowing it to now serve a capacity of 3380 Pre-K children.
Since space is limited and the timeframe to enroll is brief, parents across Memphis and Shelby County are strongly urged to apply now during Phase II of the enrollment process, June 11 – 27.
Tears welled up in Tonya Thomas' eyes at The Obesity Summit after an official at BlueCross® BlueShield® of Tennessee announced that she'd won first place in the individual category for the most weight lost – 42.6 pounds – during the Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition.
Thomas began her weight loss journey in January, when she tipped the scale at 274 lbs. On Feb. 2, she signed up for the Challenge and weighed in at 233.6 lbs., having already lost 40.4 lbs. in one month. She lost an additional 42.6 lbs. during the Challenge for a total weight loss of 83 lbs.
BlueCross® BlueShield® of Tennessee presented the Healthy Church Challenge and The Obesity Summit to educate participants and encourage them to eat a well-balanced diet, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle, both spiritually and physically.
Anchored in historic Douglass Park in North Memphis, the Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival will mark its 20th anniversary June 14-16.
The three-day festival – always jam-packed with activities for the entire family – will be preceded on June 13 by the Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Gala at First Baptist Church-Broad Event Center, 2835 Broad Ave.
Former Mayor and City Schools Supt. Dr. Willie W. Herenton – now a major player in the charter school movement – will keynote the gala, which will honor several Memphians for their contribution and commitment to the African-American community. The gala is set for 7 p.m.