facebook-icotwitter-icogoogle-icorss-ico
connectsubscribearchives
Log in

Greater Metro

Police union taking it to the streets

Police union taking it to the streets

The Memphis Police Association will conduct a public awareness protest at Poplar & Highland on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to bring attention to what union president Michael Williams terms gross mismanagement by mayor AC Wharton Jr.'s administration.

The meet-and-greet encounter is a giant public handshake designed to increase the volume on the union's Wake Up, MEMPHIS! campaign.

"We think there has been a campaign going on to actually discredit the police in this city," said Williams. "We think there are a lot of things that aren't being addressed while running us down."

Read more...

  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Hits: 1104

Cornerstone-Lester rift oozes out of hearing

Cornerstone-Lester rift oozes out of hearing

Is it leadership, ineffective and insensitive teachers, cultural insensitivity, or all of the above?

All were touted as reasons of concern when a packed house of parents, children, religious leaders, educators and community advocates convened Saturday (Feb. 23) to participate in a legislative hearing chaired by State Rep. G.A. Hardaway Jr., at the Lester Community Center.

Time did not permit all to voice their concerns, but the 3½-hour buzz included testimonies from 12 parents, a current teacher, a former teacher, a minister and a community activist. Their stories reflected concerns about alleged inequities and unfair treatment impacting kindergarten through third graders at Cornerstone Prep Academy's Lester Campus.

Read more...

  • Written by Dorothy Bracy Alston
  • Hits: 1375

Juvenile Court settlement to get Town Hall airing Thursday

Juvenile Court settlement to get Town Hall airing Thursday

A Town Hall meeting is set for Thursday to discuss the recent agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Shelby County Juvenile Court.

The session, which County Commissioner Henri Brooks will host, will be held in the auditorium of the Memphis City Schools Board at 2597 Avery. It is slated for two hours and begins at 5 p.m.

At issue is a $4.5 million to $6.5 million settlement agreement that is a tied to a three-year Department of Justice (DOJ) study. According to the findings, Juvenile Court had shown systemic discrimination in its treatment of African-American children. Other children, the study concluded,

Read more...

Hoops help for St. Jude

Hoops help for St. Jude

This week, The V Foundation for Cancer Research and ESPN are teaming up with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the fight against pediatric cancer by raising awareness and funds to support lifesaving work for children.

After tipping off Sunday and continuing through March 4, the NBA family – led by Hoops for St. Jude ambassadors and ESPN commentators – will engage fans through a partnership designed to advance cancer research and patient care benefitting children and families battling pediatric cancer. One hundred percent of donations to The V Foundation from this campaign will go directly towards cancer research benefitting St. Jude's patients.

Read more...

Oratorical contest speaks to the value of education

Oratorical contest speaks to the value of education

Who says that young children don't know the importance of an education?

Recently, the Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. held its 16th annual Oratorical Contest at Colonial Middle School with 34 fifth-graders from different schools throughout the Memphis area. While performing my job as the MC, I heard some very remarkable speeches from the participants.

They all spoke on this topic: "Though the odds may be stacked against the youth of today, education is the key."

Read more...

Juneteenth scrutiny at African American history program

Juneteenth scrutiny at African American history program

Juneteenth is an African-American celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States and is observed on June 19. It generally is linked to that month and day in 1865 and is associated with the enslaved in Galveston, Texas celebrating their freedom after learning that the Emancipation Proclamation had freed them two years earlier.

In observance of African American History Month, the New Juneteenth Committee hopes to separate fact from fiction as it commemorates the 20th Anniversary of Juneteenth in Memphis and the 150 Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on Friday, Feb. 22, at Impact Baptist Church, 3759 Watkins Ave. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.

Read more...

Subcategories