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National Civil Rights Museum’s grand day stirs smiles, laughter and tears

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Mulberry Street was overflowing with hundreds of people as they gathered to witness the Breaking of the Chains grand reopening ceremony of the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum on Saturday.

Reflecting myriad differences and a common appreciation for the significance of the event, they stood shoulder to shoulder on the day after the 46th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination at the Lorraine Hotel. They already had been stirred by the Freedom Forward Parade that began at the Cook Convention Center and proceeded along Second Street to the museum than incorporates the old hotel.

Audible laughter could be heard as journalist, actor, director and producer, Tavis Smiley, jokingly said twice that he wanted the ceremony to move as swiftly as possible, so as to not prolong seeing the inside of the newly renovated center.

 

The New Tri-State Defender selects 2014 Women of Excellence

woe 600The New Tri-State Defender's "Women of Excellence" will be acknowledged and honored by their peers, family, friends and community leaders in a grand Champagne Brunch and Awards Presentation on Saturday, April 26th at 10 a.m. at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Rd.

The annual event will celebrate and honor 50 African-American women who motivate and inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and personal contribution to the community through service.

Over the past seven years, The TSD has honored 300-plus outstanding African American professionals and community leaders.

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What’s the holdup with the Southbrook Mall?

southbrooks 600The proposed plan to renovate Southbrook Mall was delayed for another two weeks at the Memphis City Council meeting on Tuesday (April 1st) and the management team for the mall's owners, Southbrook Properties, took the development in stride.

The team's spirits were bolstered earlier in the day during a probing session by the council's Economic Development Committee (EDC) that seemed to point toward a decision that eventually would be in the group's favor.

"I'm happy. We all are. We have to be," said Southbrook Properties Chairman Willie Harper, who huddled outside of City Hall with team members Cherry Davis, Jerry Johnson, consultant Greg Grant and mall tenant Coleman Thompson.

Museum’s facelift work reflects diversity

ncrm 600As Memphians head to the National Civil Rights Museum for grand reopening activities on Friday and Saturday, they can be assured that the renovation represents true diversity, with a conscious effort having been to reflect a high-degree of minority participation in the $28 million project.

That's the sentiment of museum officials and from a number of those selected to participate in the facelift of the museum, which opened in 1991.

To begin with, several minorities participated in the 24-member National Scholar Review Committee. The committee was responsible for the interpretive plan development and review of the exhibits content.

 

The Neelys come back home with 3rd blockbuster cookbook

neelys 600They met in the 1980's at Melrose High School, star-crossed sweethearts who lost touch after graduation. A 10-year class reunion, marriage in 1994, a thriving family barbeque business in Memphis – 20 years later, America gets to come "Back Home With the Neelys."

"We know our home folk in Memphis will really get a kick out of this third book," said Patrick Neely, one half of the superstar cooking couple in their own Food Network Show.

"Gina and I tell stories about our grandparents, stories we can all relate to. Along with our recipes are the stories we can remember growing up, memories on my grandfather's back porch over there in Orange Mound. Those are our roots. Those are our beginnings, and we want to always remember them."

The 19th Annual Sisterhood Outreach Summit & Showcase postponed

sisterhood 600The 19th Annual Sisterhood Outreach Summit & Showcase sponsored by Grace Magazine and typically held in June has been postponed.

"We regret any disappointment created by the postponement of the Sisterhood Showcase," said Christina Stevison, owner and publisher of Grace Magazine, in a released statement.

"The Showcase has a rich legacy and reputation for being one of the Mid-South's favorite events. Unfortunately, due to litigation filed against former employees Toni Harvey, the magazine's former editor-in-chief, and Chris Boyd, former operations director, Grace Magazine will not be able to produce a Showcase in June 2014.

City Of Memphis launches 30 Day Car-Free Challenge

NoCarDay 600Throughout April, the City of Memphis will host a 30 Day Car-Free Challenge encouraging residents to park their cars at home and get around the city using any number of alternative transportation options.

Any Memphis resident can register to take part in the challenge, for any amount of time. Commitments to being car-free can range from one day to 30 days, depending on an individual's ability and resources. Prize drawings will be made each week from the pool of residents registered in the challenge.

"We know that an increasing number of residents are choosing to live in Memphis and get to the store, to work, to school, and to other places without a car." said Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Feel good vibes flow and star power shine with 2014 Memphis Black Expo Weekend

mbx 600Victor Hugo so eloquently stated, "All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come." Although I am sure he had no thoughts of the Memphis Black Expo at the time, there are no more appropriate words to describe this annual Memphis event that has become an anticipated tradition.

The Memphis Black Expo (MBX), the vision of Memphian Viara Boyd, is a celebration of culture, music/arts, business and food – all those things that uniquely represent black American culture, specifically black Memphis. In a city that has not always had the most positive self-image and happens to be 70 percent African American, events such as the MBX, intended to foster greater awareness, connectivity and positivity, serve as a catalyst for positive change. It is clearly about uplift and growth and who can be mad about that.

Boyd and her team accomplished all those things this past weekend, producing a synergy of events Friday through Sunday that generated a feel good vibe and shined a bright light on some of Memphis' and even the country's best!

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