Who says that young children don't know the importance of an education?
Recently, the Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. held its 16th annual Oratorical Contest at Colonial Middle School with 34 fifth-graders from different schools throughout the Memphis area. While performing my job as the MC, I heard some very remarkable speeches from the participants.
They all spoke on this topic: "Though the odds may be stacked against the youth of today, education is the key."
Juneteenth is an African-American celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States and is observed on June 19. It generally is linked to that month and day in 1865 and is associated with the enslaved in Galveston, Texas celebrating their freedom after learning that the Emancipation Proclamation had freed them two years earlier.
In observance of African American History Month, the New Juneteenth Committee hopes to separate fact from fiction as it commemorates the 20th Anniversary of Juneteenth in Memphis and the 150 Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on Friday, Feb. 22, at Impact Baptist Church, 3759 Watkins Ave. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.
The health care industry is changing. That change not only brings increased access to insurance to populations never covered before, but also a greater need for a qualified, diverse workforce to deliver that care.
To address this need for more inclusion in the health care setting, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust, in collaboration with the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), is offering a $5,000 college scholarship to three Tennessee minority students.
Services are pending for Shelby County Criminal Court Judge W. Otis Higgs, who died Friday after working earlier in the day before going home ill. He was 75.
Judge Higgs was rushed to a hospital by ambulance following a collapse at his home in East Memphis.
History will note Mr. Higgs as the first African American to serve as sheriff in Shelby County.
Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis said the decision to publicly acknowledge he had a daughter he didn't know about until three years ago was difficult for both of them.
In an interview with CNN's "The Situation Room" on Friday, Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat, described how an Internet search for a former romantic interest led him to discover the woman has a daughter. She bears a striking resemblance to him.
"My staff people looked at her pictures and they said, 'I think she's your daughter,'" Cohen told CNN's Kate Bolduan.
Bishop Albert E. Reed, the longest living bishop in the Church Of God In Christ, died Monday at the age of 100.
Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, COGIC founder, ordained and consecrated Reed, a bishop in COGIC in 1948. He pastored several COGIC churches in six states, including California, Montana, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas and Tennessee. He was a jurisdictional prelate for 27 years in the COGIC Montana jurisdiction.
Bishop Reed was born in 1912 in Okemah, Okla. A graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Bristow, Okla., he received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration from Alexander Hamilton School of Business in New York City. He later earned a doctorate in Theology from Bishops College in Marshall, Texas.
Dr. Carnita Atwater is a force. "The Extraordinary Bold Souls of African Kinship Exhibition" is evidence of what she can muscle up.
A native of Clarksdale, Miss., Atwater has traveled to myriad parts of the world in search-and-retrieval mode, always on the look out for pieces to add to her artful narrative history of African and African-American people.
You don't have to travel out of the city to get a glimpse for yourself. In celebration of African American History Month, two versions of her exhibition prowess are on display at the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library and the Cossitt Library down.