In the last school day before Mother's Day, 8-year-old Frankie Munthe was eager to share his interpretation of "Mother to Son" with his classmates. He explained that it's about "roadblocks," referring to the poem's first line: "Well, son, I'll tell you. Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor – Bare."
Written in 1922 by Langston Hughes during the Harlem Renaissance and now regarded as a classic work, the poem is commonly taught in schools, but students may not encounter it until after junior high or even college. However, the introduction of Common Core State Standards in Tennessee has afforded even elementary school teachers the flexibility to use curriculum in ways that foster critical thinking skills and require students to explain and defend their observations.
"I find that they can feel and identify with that poem," Graham Farnsworth, Frankie's teacher, said of his second-grade class, "and things that are higher level. Did they hit that poem like they would in a college class? No. But did they get things out of it? I can still teach the standards but also get them to learn a little bit of something about their history and our history as Americans."
Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday morning that it is adding four weekly flights between Memphis International Airport (MEM) and Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), beginning Sept. 8.
The flights will run on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. In making the announcement, Frontier cited strong passenger response to its initial flights between Memphis and Denver, which began in March.
To introduce Frontier to the market, the airline is hosting a 12-hour, today-only sale with flights from IAD to any of the new cities for just $15* each way. Tickets must be purchased by 10:59 p.m. (CST) on May 13, 2014, for travel through Nov. 19, 2014. Additional introductory fares as low as $39* will be available at www.FlyFrontier.com through May 17, 2014.
Here's the picture: An ecumenical lunch between members of several historically African-American church denominations and members of the Republican National Committee.
OK, pencil in African-American pastors from non-denominational churches, color in the Catfish Cabin and frame the whole thing in Memphis.
That's the scenario that came into view on Wednesday (March 7th), thanks in large part to Pastor Chester Berryhill and his wife Vivian, president of the National Coalition of Pastors' Spouses. They organized the lunch to welcome RNC members, who were in Memphis for the RNC's annual spring meeting.
This Week in Memphis !
Greek Food Festival | A Grecian feast of kabobs and gyros joins marketplace goods, music and culture | 1pm-8:00pm | Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Mayor Wharton's Office of Talent and Human Capital |Artists Make Interesting Entrepreneurs| 2pm-4pm | Start Co.
Visible Music In May | Live Music, Food Trucks, & Games
4:30pm-8:30pm | Visible Music College
At the intersection of Union and Cooper, an 11-year-old boy stricken with polio waited eagerly for the convertible transporting the future 35th president of the United States to pass his way en route to the riverfront to deliver a campaign speech. Transfixed by the thrill of seeing Sen. John F. Kennedy, Steve Cohen aimed his camera, framed the senator, and fired the shutter that day in September of 1960.
Today, the vintage black and white photograph of a beaming Kennedy sitting atop the convertible with then-Memphis mayor Henry Loeb and then-Senator Albert Gore Sr. hangs conspicuously among Cohen's extensive collection of photographs, posters, artwork, hundreds of campaign buttons, and other political paraphernalia in his Spanish Tudor-style home on the periphery of Overton Park.
The paraphernalia are decades-long records of events and personalities that inspired and shaped Cohen. His brush with Kennedy subsequently would seal his fate as a public servant in local, state and national politics.
Some would say that we've seen this kind of outreach before from the Republican Party. The year was 2000. President George W. Bush had just "won" a photo-finish presidential race branded by "hanging chads" that led to the disqualifying of Democratic ballots and a painful loss for Tennessee favorite son, Al Gore Jr.
One week after the presidential election, Bishop G.E. Patterson of the Church of God in Christ had been elected presiding bishop. The acrimony between the political parties was palpable.
In late March of 2001, President Bush welcomed key African-American religious leaders, including Bishop Patterson, to the White House. More than a dozen convened with the president to lend their support for a plan to award federal dollars to faith-based programs. Patterson was quoted as saying that he did not vote for President Bush, adding that if the plan worked as intended, "there would be no reason for black people not to vote for him four years from now."
Kimberly Taylor, owner and operator of K'PreSha Boutique, a Downtown apparel store, celebrated her birthday on May 1st. She also recently observed the third anniversary of K'PreSha. So what "gift" would send her "over the moon with excitement?"
The answer is mobile and it was slated for an unveiling Thursday (May 8th) in front of City Hall at 125 N. Main St.
The gift is an opportunity courtesy of the Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team (MIDT), which – in conjunction with alt.Consulting, a small business advisory and lender, is introducing MEMMobile, a small business incubator. MEMMobile is focused on developing and launching a fleet of mobile retail trucks that represent a diverse variety of merchandise and service offerings.