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‘Klu, Klux, Flop’ & free speech

‘Klu, Klux, Flop’ & free speech

It took me a while to actually realize what I was witnessing. My preliminary thoughts could've been that of the collective nature of many Memphians. The thought that Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr. and Police Director Toney Armstrong should've have urged denying the Klu Klux Klan a permit for their Easter weekend rally in downtown Memphis.

Yes, I've heard the conversations bouncing off of barbershop walls that Armstrong needs to focus on his officers, many of whom seem to have lost their People Skills Manual of late. I was later part of a conversation – more like a debate – about the "not-so-black" decisions that our mayor makes. During my time at this Wing Joint, I promise you that the Flaming Hot Wings would be considered ice cold when compared to what they had to say.

Then comes the day of the KKK rally and you would've thought that President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, Sasha, Maliya, their Grandma and the dog Bo were about to walk down Adams Street. That's how thick the police presence was.

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans
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Mission possible – no texting and driving

Mission possible – no texting and driving

One event with two focuses – raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and showcasing local businesses – drew dozens to the Grand Ballroom at Rhodes College last Saturday (March 23).

The host was the Collegiate Life Investment Foundation (C.L.I.F.), which built the evening around its first fashion show entitled "Distracted Runway 1.0." At the base of the foundation is a painful story.

On Feb. 1, 2012, Clifton B. Gibbs, a Christian Brothers University graduate and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., was critically injured in a car accident involving another car, whose driver was driving distracted, and a school bus. Two days later, Gibbs, 23, died from his injuries.

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Youth violence prevention to get conference stress

Youth safety will be the item of interest when Memphis City Schools and the Memphis/Shelby County Children and Youth Council hosts a public forum April 4-5.

From 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. each day at the Teaching and Learning Academy, 2485 Union Ave., the third annual "Assuring Safe Futures for Our Children Conference" (http://thirdannualassuringsafefutures.eventbrite.com/#) will present the latest innovations in youth violence prevention and intervention.

"This is our time to inform the masses – from parents to professional staff who work with children every day – about new practices in youth violence prevention," said Ronald Pope, MCS director of Student Engagement.

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Youth ‘responsibility’ march now a part of community’s future

Youth ‘responsibility’ march now a part of community’s future

It's Saturday, April 20 and a throng of high school students, their parents and civic-minded citizens assemble to march and make a statement that area students have to step up their game to get a good education.

It could happen – and it will happen – if all goes according to the plan outlined Tuesday at the National Civil Rights Museum by Mayor AC Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. Dorsey E. Hopson II, Esq., interim superintendent of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools, joined them.

The mayors presented a proclamation naming the date of the march as "Student Responsibility Day." It will begin at 10 a.m. at City Hall and end in the museum's courtyard.

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  • Written by Tony Jones
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KKK specter may already have ‘helped’ Memphis

KKK specter may already have ‘helped’ Memphis

While the long buildup to Saturday's Ku Klux Klan rally in downtown Memphis has helped the event draw national attention, public and political watchers here say the KKK's impending visit has served to bring many people closer together to focus on issues with long-term impact.

Planned to protest the renaming of several parks honoring Confederate war history, the rally by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is set for 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 30 on the steps of the courthouse at 140 Adams.

"I'm asking Memphians to just ignore them physically, but it's been beneficial to remind us to forever be aware of the evil within the hearts of too many people in this country; whether it's racism, sexism or any type of bigotry that rears its ugly head," said Wharton.

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  • Written by Tony Jones
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TSD to host Achieve! Town Hall on Education

As public education continues its evolution into a number of differing options, The New Tri-State Defender is coordinating a town hall meeting to provide a forum for local residents to learn more and engage in discussion.

The Achieve! Town Hall Meeting on Education is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (March 30) at The Magnet located at 879 McLemore Ave.

"We want to make sure that all parents are well informed and ready to take full advantage of opportunities that exist to increase their child's potential to achieve academic and career success," said TSD President/ Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.

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Lunch & Learn! session will get down to business

Lunch & Learn! session will get down to business

Andrea Johnson, owner of The Bubble Bistro, and James Wesby, creator of Blocally, will be the guest speakers during Networking in Memphis' Lunch & Learn!

The networking event is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alcenia's Southern Cuisine, at 317 N. Main St. It is sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender.

Johnson will speak on "Women in Business." Wesby will detail "The Must Have App for Black-Owned Businesses."

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