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Improving Miss. care homes involves hopes and prayers for African-American elders

Improving Miss. care homes involves hopes and prayers for African-American elders
JACKSON, Miss. – A nursing home stay can be temporary. Roderick Ephram couldn’t be happier about that. His mother, Willora Ephram, better known as “Peaches,” returned home recently from Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Clinton, Miss., after recovering from pneumonia.
 
Peaches Ephram, age 90, is considered the matriarch of Jackson and is renowned for having operated Peaches Restaurant in the Farish Street Historic District for over 50 years. It was her establishment where Barack Obama made a campaign stop in 2007 duirng his run for the White House.

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Election draw federal monitors

Election draw federal monitors
Among those closely watching the Federal and State Primary and Shelby County General Election on Election Day (Aug. 7) will be a crew of federal monitors dispatched by the U.S. Department of Justice.
 
That’s just the result sought by a local group that has been pushing for such intervention for some time. The group includes State Rep. G. A. Hardaway, former Shelby County Commissioner Julian Bolton, former Shelby County Commission Chair and current Democratic nominee for Shelby County Mayor Deidre Malone, former Shelby County Democratic Chair and current candidate for Shelby County Commission Van Turner, former Memphis City Councilwoman TaJuan Stout Mitchell, Shelby County Democratic Party Chair Bryan Carson and former Shelby County Democratic Party Chair David Cocke.

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Memphis Youth Manifesto Political Forum

Memphis Youth Manifesto Political Forum
With the temperature of the 2014 political season running as hot as a car with a bad radiator, The Memphis Youth Manifesto – a wing of The New Olivet Baptist Church run independently by young adults – held it’s annual political forum on Tuesday.
 
Headed up by the Rev. Antonio Sims and the Rev. Kirstin Cheers, the event held at Arrow Academy of Excellence, 645 Semmes St., allowed Memphis youth to ask politicians whatever they wished. The exchange between the politically explorative youth and a panel of politicians was a made-to-order educational experience.
 

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The case for retaining the lone African-American on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

The case for retaining the lone African-American on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals
On the second page of the full August 7th ballot voters will find the name of the sole African American on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.
 
Her name is Camille McMullen. Appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen in 2008 to fill a retirement vacancy, and after 12 years as a state and federal prosecutor, McMullen became the first African-American woman to fill such a vacancy. Judges serve eight-year terms.

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Ole Miss taking more steps for racial diversity

Ole Miss taking more steps for racial diversity
 
JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Mississippi, which has long struggled to distance itself from plantation-era imagery, is renaming a street known as Confederate Drive and adding historical context to Old South symbols that have long stood on the Oxford campus.
 
"Our unique history regarding race provides not only a larger responsibility for providing leadership on race issues, but also a large opportunity – one we should and will embrace," Chancellor Dan Jones wrote in the report that was developed with the help of a university committee and outside consultants.

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
Weekend Wine Down
6pm-8pm | The New TSD
 
* Den of Strings
8pm | Center for Southern Folklore
 
YOUnified 2014
5pm-9pm | Bridges

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