Dr. Emilie M. Townes, a noted Yale University scholar and administrator, will be the next dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, pending board approval.
Her official start date as the 16th Vanderbilt Divinity School dean would be July 1.
Townes is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African-American Religion and Theology and associate dean of academic affairs at Yale Divinity School.
Back in the day, Cato Johnson methodically made his way through Memphis State University en route to a stellar corporate career that he has balanced against commitments to family and the Memphis-area community. On Feb. 1, his lifetime of achievements will be recognized by his alma mater, now the University of Memphis.
The University of Memphis will present the Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award to Johnson during the opening reception for Black History Month. The reception will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Rose Theatre on the U of M campus. Sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, it is free and open to the public.
Maybe it was the teacher who taught you perseverance by encouraging you to cite the reasons for the "Battle of 1812" even though you were recovering from losing your two front teeth in a pre-season football scrimmage.
Or maybe it was the teacher who helped you make the transition from an inner city school with all African-American students to one where you could count the African Americans on two hands.
Teachers continue to change lives and those who do are worthy of recognition. The New Tri-State Defender is partnering with New America Media (NAM) and other media partners in Memphis to organize an essay contest on teachers for just that purpose.
Dr. Warner Dickerson received accolades from members of the executive committee of the Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) after concluding 11 years of service as president during the organization's annual branch meeting at Mt. Olive CME Cathedral Church on Dr. M.L. King Jr. Ave.
I was very impressed with former boxing champ Roy Jones Jr.'s message to the children at the Lester Community Center at 317 Tillman last Friday (Dec. 28).
Jones, the only professional boxer to successfully journey from light middleweight to heavyweight champion of the world, told his young audience – boys and girls – how inspirational his grandmother was in his upbringing. She was the person he most wanted to impress.
"Dialogue with Deidre" is the newest show on the only African-American network in the city, MUTV1.
The show, which will air weekly on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. on Cable's Channel 31, features Deidre Malone, former Shelby County Commissioner and owner of the Carter Malone Group, one of the city's major public relations firms.
Seven-year-old Javon Bass walks through the doors of Ronald McDonald House of Memphis clasping two-year-old Jakayla's hand. Jakayla has just been diagnosed with Leukemia and is about to embark on the fight of her young life. Javon is there to cover her.