The family of a Mississippi mayoral candidate claim that he died after being "beaten, dragged and burned," but it's an account a medical examiner disputed, saying "I don't know where that is coming from."
On Wednesday, authorities found Marco McMillian's body near a levee between Sherard and Rena Lara, two unincorporated communities about 15 minutes from Clarksdale. The 34-year-old McMillian had been running for mayor of Clarksdale, a city of about 18,000 people in northwestern Mississippi's Delta region.
His body was "set afire," according to his family, who said they twice met with a coroner.
Since its inception as an official national commemoration nearly half a century ago, African American History Month has become something many of us take for granted.
But if one candle is enough to keep a bonfire going, we happened to stumble upon a small, refreshingly sincere, and humbly very powerful program at the Lambert Church of God In Christ this past Sunday (Feb. 24).
Matchbox size, Lambert is located "two blocks up Park from Airways and then to the right" on Keating Street in Orange Mound.
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."
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.
Did a teacher affect you so deeply that the course of your life was literally altered by the exchange?
Well, if so, and if you can relay that experience in 500 words or less, you have a shot at coming up a winner in an essay contest dubbed "The Teacher That Changed My Life!"
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,
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.