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NAACP taps co-chairs for 37th Freedom Fund Gala

Kroger executive Tim Brown and Shannon A. Brown of FedEx Express will co-chair the Memphis Branch NAACP's 37th Annual Freedom Fund Gala scheduled for March 20 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Tim Brown will serve as the corporate fundraising co-chair and Shannon A. Brown will serve as the community co-chair for 2013. The interracial chairs represent an effort to cross racial barriers and work for a common cause within the Memphis community.

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Weight loss: Healthy Church Challenge II

The second annual Healthy Church Challenge – 100-day weight loss competition for churches in West Tennessee – kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Mississippi Blvd. Family Life Center, 70 North Bellevue.

BlueCross BlueShield® of Tennessee is presenting the Challenge, which puts the focus on weight loss, healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.

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Dr. Cash steps aside as MCS superintendent

Dr-Kriner-Cash-600Come Aug. 1, Dr. Kriner Cash no longer will be associated with Memphis City Schools. Cash, who has served as superintendent since July 1, 2008, resigned Thursday night.

The move by Cash came at a special board meeting. The Shelby County Board of Education accepted his resignation, which has him two-stepping into his final departure. Cash will man an advisory position through July 31. The severance package includes pay equal to six months of his regular salary. Also included is $17,000 for moving expenses.

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Violence by gun hits home

11wharton guns-600Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is among more than 750 mayors who have signed onto a letter to President Obama outlining approaches to addressing the issue of gun violence nationally.

The letter to the President came from Mayors Against Illegal Guns of which Wharton is a member. Wharton's decision to stand with the mayors' group comes as he unfolds what his office calls a "comprehensive approach to gun violence."

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Headed to Memphis: South Africa’s Dr. Boesak

Allan-Boesak-600Dr. Allan Aubrey Boesak, a veteran of the struggle for a free South Africa, will be the guest speaker during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at First Baptist Church – Broad on Sunday.

Dr. Boesak rose to leadership in the African National Congress, where he worked along side the Nobel Peace Prize winning Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who once called Boesak the most powerful orator ever produced by South Africa.

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New Council Chair Ford: The ‘house’ is open all year round

edmundford-300Memphis City Council Chairman Edmund Ford Jr. says the open house held at City Hall Tuesday (Jan 8) will be his way of reaching out to the public as he presides over the council for 2013.

Ford envisions meetings scheduled on a quarterly basis and he hopes large crowds will attend for what he says is a sincere effort to connect more citizens to City Hall.

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Post-funeral shooting no match for pastor & congregation

Pastor-Shelton-600The founding scripture for Promise Land Church in Frayser is Psalm 37:5, which reads, "Commit thy way unto the LORD, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass."

Senior Pastor Elliot R. Shelton said the church at 3430 Overton Crossing added an addendum to its mission statement this year, namely that Promise Land Church is dedicated to building people of courage, competence and character.

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Turning 10, The Stax Museum takes note

Stax-1-600For more than a decade, a vacant, overgrown lot greeted anyone looking for the original site of Stax Records.

A single State of Tennessee historic marker on the sidewalk delivered a message to visitors from around the world. Yes, this was once home to the label that launched the careers of such soul music luminaries as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the MGs, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Sam & Dave, the Staple Singers and dozens of other artists who changed music and popular culture forever.

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Next dean in sight at Vanderbilt Divinity School

7vandydean-340Dr. 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.

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U of M taps Cato Johnson for lifetime Achievement Award

JohnsonCato-300Back 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.

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‘The Teacher Who Changed My Life’

4teacher-600Maybe 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.

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Dickerson bids farewell as NAACP president

DrWarnerDickerson-600Dr. 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.

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In a manner of speaking, former champ hits home

boxerguy-600I 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.

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