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briefthing 600Multicultural Job Fair accepting registration

Mid-South area job seekers will have the chance to connect with local businesses at the inaugural Multicultural Job Fair on April 13 from noon until 6 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

The event is hosted by ContigoCreative, a Memphis-based Multicultural marketing and public relations firm. Independent Bank, Copeland Coaching and the Workforce Investment will conduct career development workshops offering assistance with resume development, interview skills, proper attire, branding yourself, social media and financial responsibility.

The Memphis Public Library will offer access to its JobLINC Bus for all attendees to use computers and job boards.

"Our goal is to help as many people as possible to not only find jobs, but lasting careers," said Alex Matlock, President and Founder, ContigoCreative.

The New Tri-State Defender is a media sponsor for the event. To learn more or to register, visit www.jobfairmemphis.com or call 901-282-3410.

Driver License Reinstatement Center in Hickory Ridge gets Saturday openings

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will open its Hickory Ridge Driver License Reinstatement Center for five Saturdays starting this week due to the high volume of customers seeking to reinstate driving privileges this time of year.

The Hickory Ridge Driver License Reinstatement Center, located inside the Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Rd., will serve customers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 22 and 29, April 4, 11, and 26. (The special Saturday hours will not take place on Easter weekend.) The extra hours of service are for reinstatement services only.

"We have learned that many citizens use income tax refunds to pay for fines and fees associated with reinstating suspended or revoked driver licenses, so we see an increase in the number of reinstatements during this time period," Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

Citizens are urged to have the correct documents before visiting the reinstatement center to avoid delays and possible returns for service. To check your status and to see what documents are needed, go to https://apps.tn.gov/tndlr/ and click on the "Pay Reinstatement Fees" tab.

Cemetery Preservation Conference set for Memphis during May

Preservation of African American Cemeteries (PAAC) will hold its eighth annual Memorial in May Cemetery Preservation Conference on May 16-17 at Buckman Hall on the campus of Rhodes College.

The Conference theme is "Reclaiming Our Past to Preserve Our Future." PAAC was founded in Arkansas in 2003 by Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis and Phyllis Hammonds. This is the first time, in its 10 year existence, that the Conference is being held outside of Arkansas. It is being hosted by the newly formed Tennessee Chapter of PAAC headquartered in Memphis.

The goal of PAAC is to form a network of persons and/or groups committed to locating, researching, educating, documenting, reclaiming and preserving African-American cemeteries. Archeologists, historians, genealogists, cemetery preservationists, church secretaries, funeral home directors and cemetery association representatives are amont those expected to attend.

For more information, contact, Nelvia M. Brady-Hampton, Ph.D., the chairperson of the PAAC 2014 Conference Planning Committee, at 901-791-4148.

BRIEFLY: Dr. Zandria Robinson, assistant professor of sociology at The University of Memphis, discusses her new book "This Ain't Chicago: Race, Class and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South" on April 9th at 5:30 p.m. in Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall at Rhodes College. A book signing will follow the free event, which begins with refreshments at 5 p.m. For more information: contact Dr. Charles Hughes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 901-843-3411.

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