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Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.!

The nation's annual celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy hits full tilt on Monday with the observance of the national holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Myriad events are set here in Memphis, where he was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on the evening of April 4, 1968. King was born on Jan. 15, 1929.

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NAACP taps co-chairs for 37th Freedom Fund Gala

Kroger executive Tim Brown and Shannon A. Brown of FedEx Express will co-chair the Memphis Branch NAACP's 37th Annual Freedom Fund Gala scheduled for March 20 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Tim Brown will serve as the corporate fundraising co-chair and Shannon A. Brown will serve as the community co-chair for 2013. The interracial chairs represent an effort to cross racial barriers and work for a common cause within the Memphis community.

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Weight loss: Healthy Church Challenge II

The second annual Healthy Church Challenge – 100-day weight loss competition for churches in West Tennessee – kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Mississippi Blvd. Family Life Center, 70 North Bellevue.

BlueCross BlueShield® of Tennessee is presenting the Challenge, which puts the focus on weight loss, healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.

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Dr. Cash steps aside as MCS superintendent

Dr. Cash steps aside as MCS superintendent

Come Aug. 1, Dr. Kriner Cash no longer will be associated with Memphis City Schools. Cash, who has served as superintendent since July 1, 2008, resigned Thursday night.

The move by Cash came at a special board meeting. The Shelby County Board of Education accepted his resignation, which has him two-stepping into his final departure. Cash will man an advisory position through July 31. The severance package includes pay equal to six months of his regular salary. Also included is $17,000 for moving expenses.

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Violence by gun hits home

Violence by gun hits home

Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is among more than 750 mayors who have signed onto a letter to President Obama outlining approaches to addressing the issue of gun violence nationally.

The letter to the President came from Mayors Against Illegal Guns of which Wharton is a member. Wharton's decision to stand with the mayors' group comes as he unfolds what his office calls a "comprehensive approach to gun violence."

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Headed to Memphis: South Africa’s Dr. Boesak

Headed to Memphis: South Africa’s Dr. Boesak

Dr. Allan Aubrey Boesak, a veteran of the struggle for a free South Africa, will be the guest speaker during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at First Baptist Church – Broad on Sunday.

Dr. Boesak rose to leadership in the African National Congress, where he worked along side the Nobel Peace Prize winning Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who once called Boesak the most powerful orator ever produced by South Africa.

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New Council Chair Ford: The ‘house’ is open all year round

New Council Chair Ford: The ‘house’ is open all year round

Memphis City Council Chairman Edmund Ford Jr. says the open house held at City Hall Tuesday (Jan 8) will be his way of reaching out to the public as he presides over the council for 2013.

Ford envisions meetings scheduled on a quarterly basis and he hopes large crowds will attend for what he says is a sincere effort to connect more citizens to City Hall.

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