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Lecture to explore opinions, feelings of black women

"What do black women want?"

That's a question Rutgers professor Dr. Deborah Gray White will pursue with her University of Memphis audience when she speaks at the University Center Theater on Nov. 1.


African-American homecoming queen breaks barriers at Ole Miss

courtney-pearsonOn a September day this year, Courtney Pearson stood anxiously on the steps of the Lyceum, the famed old Greek Revival building on the University of Mississippi campus.

There, she learned she was elected homecoming queen. There, she stood as the first black woman to hold that title at Ole Miss.

Five decades before, James Meredith had entered the Lyceum as the university's first African-American student. He risked his life as he walked inside, his admission a milestone in the struggle for integration that sparked deadly riots on campus.


UTHSC Pharmacy students work to scare off the flu

Flu-shotUniversity of Tennessee Health Science Center Pharmacy students earlier this month held Boo Flu, an annual event that gives all UTHSC professors, staff and students an opportunity to receive a free flu vaccination.

The supply of vaccines ran out after students immunized 1,850 people. A subsequent event was held to give flu shots to the 240 people who didn't get theirs, or missed the first date. The turnout for this year's event was a record breaker, with 1,500 to 1,600 flu shots dispensed previously.


Sharpton to help pitch poll-watchers brigade

vote infoThe Rev. Al Sharpton will be in Memphis on Thursday (Oct. 25) as part of his mission will be to solicit more poll workers for Election Day on Nov. 6.

Former State Sen. Kathryn Bowers said Sharpton, head of the National Action Network and a syndicated talk show host, will be at Willie Moore's Family Restaurant at 109 N. Main St. at 8:30 a.m.

"He's coming to support us in our initiative to encourage people to volunteer to be poll workers for the poll-watchers brigade," said Bowers.


‘Champions’ join Freedom Awards brigade

FreedomAwards-threeChampions emerge at different times, under different circumstances, and with different callings and missions, leaving an indelible imprint upon the world. Some from outside Memphis find their way here, and increasingly more so thanks to the National Civil Rights Museum and its annual Freedom Awards.

On Tuesday (Oct. 16), the Freedom Awards brigade expanded for the 2012 honorees: Legacy Award – Drs. George Jenkins, Sampson Davis and Rameck Hunt, aka "The Three Doctors"; Humanitarian Award – Marlo Thomas, actor, author, philanthropist and daughter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's founder; International Award – Dr. Muhammad Yunus, economist and banker to the poor; and National Freedom Award – Dr. Bernard Lafayette, longstanding activist for peace and nonviolence.


Students share spotlight at Freedom Award Public Forum

FreedomAwards-KeeperOfDreamThe National Civil Rights Museum's 2012 Freedom Award Public Forum, sponsored by International Paper, and annually hosted by Temple of Deliverance COGIC took place Tuesday (Oct 16). It provided an opportunity for students and the public to participate in this historic event.

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901 Block Squad out to blunt youth violence

The goal is to give life to an accountable personification of the street law that says "game recognizes game."

The official announcement was set for Thursday (Oct. 18). Mayor AC Wharton Jr.'s Innovation Team scheduled a press conference to introduce the members of a new street team that will go to work on helping to cut the youth violence rate.


Sales tax increase gets boost from local NAACP

NAACP-Tax-ReferendumMadeleine Taylor gave specific reasons why the Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is endorsing a countywide half-cent sales tax increase.

"The funds would be used to support pre-K," said Taylor, the organization's executive director, during a press conference at NAACP headquarters on Monday (Oct. 15.)

Members of the group's executive board surrounded Taylor. It was crafted as a show of solidarity for the half-cent tax increase that Mayor A C Wharton Jr., other elected officials, a group of ministers and a coalition of civic and community organizations have been pushing for more than a week.


Whalum labels NAACP support of sales tax hike ‘heartbreaking’

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. – taking advantage of social media – has sent out word that he finds the Memphis Branch-NAACP's support of the proposed half-cent sales tax increase "heartbreaking."

"It's heartbreaking to read about Memphis' oldest and most revered civil rights organization gathered in their corporate offices on Vance Avenue to announce their support for a county-wide half-cent sales tax increase that may or may not be used to fund what is referred to as "universal pre-k education," wrote Whalum in a message widely distributed on Wednesday.


NYSE Workshop at EmergeMemphis

NYSEWorkshop-tiltedphotoSince becoming president of the Black Business Association of Memphis, Roby S. Williams' chief goal has been to promote BBA's member businesses and provide them with full opportunities in the marketplace.

That's one of the reasons Williams chose to attend last week's New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Big StartUp "Small Business Connections: Marketing Meets Microfinancing" workshop at EmergeMemphis, a business and technology-based incubator.


Bowers, Dems call for ‘poll-watcher brigade’

PressConfrenceforPollWatcheFormer State Sen. Kathryn Bowers says a series of actions by the local election commission amount to "shenanigans" – a point she stressed during a press conference this week (Oct. 10).

Set against a backdrop of elected Democratic officials and party surrogates, Bowers staged a call for volunteers to work as a 200-member "poll-watching brigade."


Rock-steady Armstrong shares police-director views

Toney ArmstrongMemphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says it is time for the African-American community to quit reacting and take action to fight the growing pattern of youth violence in the city.

"The sad reality is that it takes an incident like this to raise awareness," said Armstrong, referencing the Sept. 24 fatal shooting of 15-year-old Justin Thompson by off-duty police officer Terrance Shaw. "I feel like there are things as a community that we should be doing now to prevent us from having to march for another young man who may be the victim of a shooting, not by a police officer, but by another young man like him."


Healing the Broken Village – not ‘moment’ but ‘movement’

BV-DrWmYoung"The Maasai Tribes of Kenya and Tanzania are revered as some of the most intelligent and accomplished cultures on the African culture. Their warriors were among the most fearsome, and their traditions meaningful and enduring. Since the very beginning, elders and villagers from neighboring tribes have greeted each other with 'Kasserian Ingeria': 'How are the children?' The well being of their children is most prized over all. It is still the tribe's greeting and their gravest concern. We must, likewise, understand the urgency of that inquiry, 'How are the children?' Our village is broken, and we must – all of us – take ownership of it's healing. This is our greatest concern: healing our broken village."