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The 2014 Middle Passage Commemoration to Focus on the West African Nation of Ghana

The 2014 Middle Passage Commemoration to Focus  on the West African Nation of Ghana
 
 
The 21st annual Middle Passage Commemoration is next Tuesday (Sept. 9)  
7 p.m. in the Little Theater in the Alma C. Hanson Student Center on the LeMoyne-Owen College campus, 807 Walker Ave.
 
The annual program honors those Africans that were victims of the trans-Atlantic slave trade with a candle-lighting ceremony and by connecting their experiences to present times. 
 
This year the spotlight is on African Americans and the African Diaspora in the west-African country of Ghana. The featured speaker is Dr. Ernestine Jenkins, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Memphis where she also serves as the graduate coordinator of the concentration in Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora. 

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CBU to host charter ceremony for its new NAACP student chapter

CBU to host charter ceremony for its new NAACP student chapter
Christian Brothers University (CBU) is making history among Lasallian institutions by becoming the first to incorporate a student chapter of the NAACP. In celebration, an official charter ceremony will take place on Thursday (Sept. 4) at 6 p.m. in the University Theater on the CBU campus.
 
The ceremony will serve as a formal welcome from the Memphis branch of the NAACP as well as the Tennessee NAACP, the governing advocate for the state’s branches. The ceremony will also honor the achievements of the charter members and welcome them to the campus of CBU. A reception will follow the ceremony. 

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Best in Black Awards Weekend

Best in Black Awards Weekend

Friday, July 25th marked the beginning of online voting for the 2014 Best in Black (BIB) Awards Competition hosted by The New Tri-State Defender. It is now time for the public to vote for their favorite businesses across 64 unique categories at www.bestinblackawards.com.

In it’s third year, the Best In Black Awards will shine light upon some of the best African-American businesses, community organizations and entrepreneurs in the Mid-South. This year’s two-week business nomination period garnered nearly 600 nominations online. Voting will end at midnight on August 9.

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Despite rumored threat of ‘sick out’, Shelby County teachers still report to work

Despite rumored threat of ‘sick out’, Shelby County teachers still report to work
Not since the late 1970s have teachers in Shelby County gone on strike, but faced with a fourth-consecutive year without salary increases and a more stringent evaluation, there’s talk that some educators could plan a ‘sick out–masses of teachers simultaneously calling in sick.
It’s illegal for Tennessee teachers to strike.
 
On Wednesday, the district’s communications department released a statement to the media that there had not been an increase in teacher absences.  The district declined to make any further statement on the issue.
 
“That’s not best for kids and it creates a situation that’s not stable (with) a bunch of subs coming in,” said Dorsey Hopson, the district’s superintendent.

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Convoy of Hope expects to feed more than 8,000

Convoy of Hope expects to feed more than 8,000
One in five people in the Mid-South go hungry and one in four are children. Thirty percent of senior citizens live alone and are deprived of food. Also, more than 250,000 people in the Mid-South receive food stamps.
 
These glaring statistics prompted organizations like The Convoy of Hope Mid-South, a nonprofit corporation, to rally its volunteers, churches and other helping hands to help feed the hungry by distributing truckloads of donated food items.  

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Cover charge not the answer to Beale St. challenges

Cover charge not the answer to Beale St. challenges
A night in the life of a Beale Street business-owner turned patron for an evening revolved into a dreadful experience. Bad customer service coupled with an entrance fee on a public street dampened the mood for me and my visitors on Saturday night (Aug. 23). 
 
On any given week I spend at least 50-60 hours a week in and around my office on Beale Street -- 203 Beale, Suite 200 to be exact. I seldom use my entertainment time or dollars in what is arguably Memphis’ most visited entertainment district. This first-hand involvement sets this past weekend’s scene. 

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GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Tennessee

GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Tennessee
SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — General Motors announced Wednesday that it is moving production of its next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to its plant in Tennessee, leading United Auto Workers leaders to chide Tennessee Republicans for their opposition to the union increasing its influence in the state.
 
The UAW has represented workers at the former Saturn plant since it opened on the outskirts of Nashville in 1990, but state Republicans including Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker have fought the union's efforts to gain representation of workers at Volkswagen's plant about 100 miles to the east in Chattanooga.

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