Like pilgrims making the trek to a holy shrine, nearly 1,000 academics, government officials, community leaders and ordinary folks from across the nation will convene in Memphis Sept. 24th-28th for the 99th Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference (ASALH).
This year’s theme is “Civil Rights in America.”
“Our organization is the granddaddy of civil rights organizations,” said Dr. Daryl M. Scott, ASALH president.
The staff of Summitt Management was diligently working deadline lists Monday (Sept. 8) in preparation for the 25th edition of the Southern Heritage Classic when a call from the Peabody Hotel caused the close-knit team to burst into laughter.
“I’m going to be the honorary Peabody duckmaster,” CEO Fred Jones informed the room, then broke into a laugh louder than anyone else’s in the instant merriment.
Friday, July 25th marked the beginning of online voting for the 2014 Best in Black (BIB) Awards Competition hosted by The New Tri-State Defender. It is now time for the public to vote for their favorite businesses across 64 unique categories at www.bestinblackawards.com.
In it’s third year, the Best In Black Awards will shine light upon some of the best African-American businesses, community organizations and entrepreneurs in the Mid-South. This year’s two-week business nomination period garnered nearly 600 nominations online. Voting will end at midnight on August 9.
One in five people in the Mid-South go hungry and one in four are children. Thirty percent of senior citizens live alone and are deprived of food. Also, more than 250,000 people in the Mid-South receive food stamps.
These glaring statistics prompted organizations like The Convoy of Hope Mid-South, a nonprofit corporation, to rally its volunteers, churches and other helping hands to help feed the hungry by distributing truckloads of donated food items.
A night in the life of a Beale Street business-owner turned patron for an evening revolved into a dreadful experience. Bad customer service coupled with an entrance fee on a public street dampened the mood for me and my visitors on Saturday night (Aug. 23).
On any given week I spend at least 50-60 hours a week in and around my office on Beale Street -- 203 Beale, Suite 200 to be exact. I seldom use my entertainment time or dollars in what is arguably Memphis’ most visited entertainment district. This first-hand involvement sets this past weekend’s scene.
It is customary for the WLOK Stone Soul Picnic to start with opening prayer.
But during the course of the evening, a lineup of gospel artists – all from the cultural enclave of Memphis – will turn up the volume to communicate their message through soul-stirring gospel music at Tom Lee Park Saturday, Aug. 30th, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The lineup includes performances by Courtney Little, Mighty Kings of Harmony, Melodic Truth, Stevenson Clark, Spiritual Excitement, the Bell Singers, Moses Tyson Jr., the Jubilee Hummingbirds, the Bogard Brothers, STAX Music Academy, the Supreme Harmonettes, the Baptist Ministerial Male Chorus, the Salem Harmonizers, the Strong Family, the WLOK Anniversary Choir, the Brown Singers, and Darrel Pettis.