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Bundled up, Greater Memphis moving forward, cautiously

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With the temperature gauge engaged in an arduous push to edge above freezing and the forecast suggesting a warming, Greater Memphis is bundled up and moving forward, cautiously.

The National Weather Service projects a Tuesday high near 34, with a jump to near 42 on Wednesday, near 47 on Thursday and near 56 and Sunny on Friday.

Across the metropolitan area, the weather front that dumped snow, ice, sleet and rain left frozen reminders of its interruption of the routine. Although major streets and passageways were passable, ice remains forcing motorists to adjust accordingly.

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Brrr! Weather punches Memphis

icewindshield 600Here's the National Weather Service's technical explanation of what's happening with the local weather:

"Mid level deformation zone associated with mid level shortwave will rotate across the Mid South through mid afternoon."

Translation: A weather event packing snow, ice, sleet, freezing temperatures and a bone-chilling wind chill has Greater Memphis on lockdown.

 

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LEGACY: Thomas Maurice Sengstacke Picou

picou 600One family name is synonymous with the Black Press in the United States: Sengstacke. Thomas Maurice Sengstacke Picou, the nephew of John H. Sengstacke, played an integral part in helping his uncle build a family of newspapers that included The Chicago Defender, the Michigan Chronicle in Detroit, the New Pittsburgh Courier, and the Tri-State Defender in Memphis.

After Sengstacke's death in 1997, Picou acquired the funding to purchase Sengstacke Enterprises. He gained control in 2003 and created Real Times, Inc., a holding company that owned the newspapers. He served as Real Times' president, CEO and chairman and began rebuilding the brand to reflect the times.

On Feb. 8th, Picou died following a medical procedure at Centennial Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif. He was 76.

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Attorney Crump delivers amid ‘That’s alright’ energy at inaugural Conference on Family

crump 600Benjamin Crump leaned back onto the lectern, clutching the microphone – the moment punctuated by his lack of words and a silence that spoke to his deeply-rooted emotion.

A chorus of "That's alright" sprang from the crowd. Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin in the 2013 case, State of Florida v George Zimmerman, lifted his microphone, head slightly bowed. This time he had the words.

"If we do not stand up for our children, nobody will," Crump said.

 

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‘Children doing everything right’ at 2014 Black History Knowledge Bowl

knowledgebowl 600One after another, they poured into the Booker T. Washington High School auditorium last Saturday (Feb. 22nd) led by their team coaches, all Memphis Police Department officers – chiefs, colonels, majors, sergeants and the like.

Sworn to protect and serve, these mighty MPD men and women added an addendum named Teach to that oath. Fully dressed in their uniforms, with weapons, handcuffs and badges in place, they jokingly and warmly readied their teams for intellectual combat.

Tucked in the various corners of the auditorium, the 2014 Black History Knowledge Bowl teams gathered in circles discussing the historical task at hand.

 

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Legacy of Ben Hooks lives on at institute bearing his name

benhooks 600With Black History Month coming to a close, many have spent the past weeks reflecting on the nation's civil rights movement and its leaders, including many who were active in the Mid-South.

One of the best-known, local civil rights pioneers is Memphis native Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, who died nearly four years ago at age 85 and is buried at historic Elmwood Cemetery. Six miles away at the University of Memphis, Hooks' legacy lives on at the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, which works to teach, study and promote civil rights and social change.

The Institute's mission is reflected in its broad range of activities, which includes conducting research, hosting conferences and lectures, and promoting and honoring scholarship on civil and human rights.

 

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Young poets connect the dots between hip-hop and history

DropTheMic 600South Main was alive as more than 300 people watched 26 young poets bridge gaps between hip-hop, millennials and past civil rights movements at the National Civil Rights Museum Drop the Mic Poetry Slam.

The Saturday night (Feb. 22nd) slam, part of the National Civil Rights Museum's spring 2014 grand reopening events, was a creative outlet for youth throughout the region to express their views on freedom and involve themselves in current civil rights issues. The theme for the night was "My Freedom Is," where students from as far as Bolivar, Miss. performed poems that addressed issues such as slavery, segregation, war, poverty and education.

First place winner Markuitta Washington, a Rust College alumnae, was ecstatic about winning.
"I'm so grateful that the judges thought what I had to say about freedom and civil rights is meaningful; that's what means the most to me," said Washington.

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The MED evolves into Regional One Health

regionalone 600The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, known for 30 years as The MED, passed quietly into the annals of Memphis history Wednesday with the unveiling of a new name – Regional One Health.

CEO and President Reginald W. Coopwood took the wraps off the facility's new logo and name change, already posted where The MED used to be.

"When the Shelby County Health Care Corporation adopted the name Regional Medical Center in 1983, the organization was a stand-alone acute care hospital. Over the years, a broader reach of inpatient and outpatient services have been added, but we continued to be identified under the hospital name," explained Coopwood, who is also an MD.

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‘True Blue – Memphis Lawmen of 1948’

TrueBlue 600Local filmmaker George Tillman 's Creative Arts film company will screen its second completed documentary tonight (Feb. 26th) at Studio On The Square at 2105 Court St.

"True Blue – Memphis Lawmen of 1948" explores the impact of the historic 1948 hiring of the city's first African-American policemen, including their influence on the African-American directors that would later run the department.

Along with Tillman's earlier Cinematic Arts release, "True Blue – Memphis Lawmen of 1948" is being prepared for presentation at Langston University in Oklahoma and Chicago State University in March. Arrangements also are being finalized for presentations in Waukegan, Ill. and New York before submission on the independent film festival circuit.

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Health Department says be alert for spread of the Norovirus

healtheheart 600Five outbreaks of norovirus – a common and highly contagious gastrointestinal virus – since Feb. 1 have prompted the Shelby County Health Department to encourage individuals to take the proper precautions and preventative measures.

Norovirus can spread very quickly from person to person in facilities such as daycare centers, hotels, nursing homes and schools. The virus is transmitted by:

Eating or drinking liquids that have been contaminated;

Touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then placing hands or fingers in eyes, mouth or nose;

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Could Memphis become a ‘Model City’ when it comes to stopping youth violence?

DoWriteThing 600Efforts to stop youth violence are being fought on multiple fronts, in various ways and in numerous cities and communities. One of the national campaigns – the Do the Write Thing Challenge – gathered and paused for an assessment in Memphis this weekend.

Around the United States, the Do the Write Thing (DtWT) challenge involves thousands of volunteers in citywide and statewide programs. The focus is twofold – engage middle school students and learn what they think causes a young person to become violent, and then to take steps with youth to prevent such violence from happening.

With that in mind, the chairpersons of efforts involving 46 states met at the Peabody Hotel downtown on Saturday (Feb. 22nd). All came ready to share what they are doing, the challenges they're facing and the opportunities they've discovered or created. It's one of two annual meetings and the first in Memphis in about seven years, according to City Councilman Harold Collins, coordinator of the Memphis and Shelby County program. Shelby County District Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich chairs the Memphis program.

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National Campaign to Stop Violence

DoWriteThing 600(Memphis, TN) - Chairpersons representing many American cities will meet in Memphis at the Peabody Hotel to discuss the future of youth violence prevention in the United States. The meeting was hosted by the chairperson of the Memphis Program, District Attorney General Amy Weirich and by Councilman Harold Collins, coordinator of the Memphis and Shelby County program.

The program known nationally as the Do the Write Thing Challenge involves thousands of volunteers in both city-wide and state-wide programs around the United States. The focus of the program is to learn from middle school students what they think causes a young person to become violent and then to take steps with those young people to prevent this from happening.

The Do the Write Thing Challenge (DtWT) was first conceived by Washington, DC attorney Daniel Callister in 1992. During a dinner conversation at home with his family he recounted a tragic news story he read of one seventh grader killing another in a fight over a pair of shoes . The conversation turned into a general question of why anyone would commit such violence. When he asked his children why some youth perpetuate such acts of violence they responded by simply saying "Why don't you ask them?" So working with friends and like-minded people in the area a new program was created to gather information on youth violence directly from the young people who were living with it daily.

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E-BRIEFS: Drop the Mic, Stax focus at Rhodes, 2014 Emissaries of Memphis Music

brief 600Young poets to compete for Drop the Mic Crown

The National Civil Rights Museum will host the Drop the Mic Poetry Slam competition at the Rumba Room at 333 S. Main Street on Saturday (Feb. 22nd).

The event – set to run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – is one of several that will celebrate the Museum's grand reopening. Youth and young adults (15-25) will articulate their views on freedom.

Poets will perform original pieces following the theme "My Freedom Is." Celebrity judges are Danny Simmons, co-producer of "Def Poetry Jam," along with Memphis natives Aisha Raison and multi-platinum hit-maker Drumma Boy.

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