Imagine a network of closely collaborating service providers and other partners.
See them in a formation designed for them to draw upon each other.
Know that it is all for the care of children exposed to violence, and to give support to their families.
Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. envisioned just such a scenario and on Wednesday he announced a program put together to make it real. The Network for Overcoming Violence and Abuse – or NOVA – already has begun providing services in neighborhoods within six zip codes in the Hickory Hill and Raleigh-Frayser areas. That's where data has shown high incidences in which children experience violence at home or are the victims or witnesses of crime.
Last month, The New Tri-State Defender, the Mid-South's leading source of news, politics, entertainment and lifestyle information from the African-American perspective, announced the opening of nominations for its fourth annual Men of Excellence Reception and Awards Celebration.
Leaders representing a coalition of civic organizations stepped up Wednesday (Oct. 10) to voice support for the ½ cent county sales tax increase.
Participating organizations at a Wednesday afternoon press conference at 160 S. Hollywood included Stand for Children, the Shelby County Democratic Party, the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center, Latino Memphis, Fight Crime Invest in Kids, and Our Kids Our Future.
The Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has launched its fall membership campaign called "Come Home to the NAACP."
The civil rights and human rights organization is calling on churches, social and civic organizations to join its annual harvest of NAACP memberships and bring them to the "Membership Lay Down."
Education reform will be at the core of an interactive forum that will feature a panel discussion and a special screening of the film "Won't Back Down" on Wednesday (Oct. 10).
The event unfolds from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Malco Paradiso at 584 South Mendenhall. It's part of Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity, a cross-country tour to discuss education reform in local communities, highlight the important role the business community must play, and encourage local leaders to become a catalyst for change.
Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. – the 2012 National Freedom Award winner – knows that Memphis is special, set apart by some of the contributions made here to the civil rights movement.
"Many people look at Memphis in sort of a morbid way because Martin Luther King was taken away from us on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, but it could have been anywhere," said Dr. Lafayette, who will be in Memphis on Oct. 16 for the annual Freedom Award event hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum.