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Dr. Angelou’s ‘giving spirit’ felt at memorial service

(Attorney and former Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey, a civil rights activist, author and actor, attended the Angelou 600memorial services for Dr. Maya Angelou, along with his wife, Adrienne Bailey. This is his special account.)
Dr. Maya Angelou was memorialized Saturday (June 7th) at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University with full recognition of her broad political and literary influence across the globe. A diverse crowd from across the country, and some from abroad, filed in under the banner hanging at the chapel front featuring a picture of Dr. Angelou and the words “A Celebration of Rising Joy.” Inside, abundant long stemmed white lilies flowed from large vases and white roses formed a broad ribbon in front of the podium.

Leadership for a new era of public education Part II

Hopson 600(With his first year as superintendent now a matter of record, Shelby County Schools Supt. Dorsey Hopson reflected on the historic first year of the merged district with TSD President and Publisher, Bernal E. Smith II. Here is Part II of that wide-ranging conversation.) 
Bernal E. Smith II: You have spoken publicly about the need to be sure that all of the students and schools in the bottom five percent of state achievement have some intentional treatment designed to raise student achievement. Would you update us on the effort to meet this need?
Supt. Dorsey Hopson: I think the focus really has to be on chronically underperforming as opposed to just the bottom five percent. At the end of the day, I’m not comfortable and you wouldn’t be comfortable either, with sending your child to a school in the bottom 10 percent much less five percent. We are considering a number of strategies. But the most important is trying to make sure that every classroom, no matter what school, has an effective teacher in it. 
  • Written by Bernal E. Smith II-besmith@tri-statedefender.com
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Colon cancer education – a grassroots appeal

“It’s gross.”
“It’s embarrassing.”
Bowden 600“ It’s not exactly dinner table conversation, if you know what I mean…”
Those are just a few of the statements I hear when I ask Memphians why our community doesn’t talk about getting a colonoscopy. The truth is this: a colonoscopy isn’t gross. It isn’t embarrassing. It’s discreet, simple, and life-saving. 
For twenty years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work at the grassroots level to educate our city about the importance of a colorectal screening. I’ve personally given over 200 speeches. My small practice has provided colon cancer education at over 1,000 events. I’ve partnered with the Memphis Grizzlies’ Community Health team, local political leaders, dozens of churches and businesses, and countless community leaders. I’ve even released an Emmy-nominated commercial to spread our message. 

Dr. Ben Carson: The ‘One Nation’ interview

carson book_600Benjamin Solomon Carson was born in Detroit on September 18, 1951, where he and his big brother, Curtis, were raised by a single-mom. Dr. Carson, who realized his childhood ream of becoming a physician, recently retired as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a groundbreaking career of over 35 years.
Now a Washington Times columnist and Fox News contributor, he is also the author of numerous New York Times best-sellers, including “Gifted Hands,” an autobiography which was made into a feature-length film starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. More recently, he co-wrote “America the Beautiful” and now “One Nation” with his wife Candy. 
A former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, Dr. Carson is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He and his wife founded the Carson Scholars Fund, an organization dedicated to recognizing the academic achievements of deserving young people.   

Turbo-charging business ideas for the new Memphis

Creating more women- and minority-owned businesses is the hole Memphis needs to plug in the digital age. In a nutshell that’s the message entrepreneurial guru Andre Fowlkes delivered recently at a lunch meeting of the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
NAW 600Fowlkes, who has a Wall Street background, is the creator of StartCo, a business designed to help people launch real companies, even if the business dream is just an idea so far. After his presentation, several attendees said it helped them pinpoint a major hole in the city’s economic outlook and shed light on some challenges they are facing in the development of their business plans.
  • Written by Tony Jones
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* Memphis Italian Festival
4pm-11pm | Marquette Park
Downtown Trolley Night
5pm-10pm | Downtown Main St.
Tilmon M. Keaton “Change Your LIFE” Book Signing
6pm-9pm | Art Village Gallery

President moves forward with My Brother’s Keeper initiative

mybrother 600President Barack Obama is taking action to launch My Brother's Keeper – an initiative to help every boy and young man of color who is willing to do the hard work to get ahead.

The White House announced late Wednesday that the President would unveil the initiative during an event in the East Room of the White House on Thursday (Feb. 27th) afternoon. It involves a partnership with foundations, businesses and others to make sure "that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential."

Building on his Year of Action, the new initiative is pitched as another way the President will use his pen and his phone, involving both the private and public sectors, to expand opportunity for Americans.

‘Humble servant’ at ‘home’ on Africa mission

africa 600My missionary journey to Africa was my third journey as a missionary on foreign soil.

My first two journeys were to the continent of Asia to the "Underground Church," where our main objective was to go and train pastors and other leaders on the fulfillment of "The Great Commission," the command that Jesus has given to all believers – to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). Our secondary objective was to smuggle in bibles that were already translated into their native language to give to the people in the provinces while trying to remain undetected because Christianity is still under serious persecution in most parts of Asia.

I thank God for blessing both of those missions and returning us back to the USA and to our families safely.