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Chicago Rep. Davis to help spotlight re-entry

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis of Chicago’s 7th Congressional District will be the keynote speaker on Sunday (April 22) when SCLC Memphis and Annesdale Cherokee Baptist Church hosts a program that focuses on re-entry programs.

Davis sponsored the original second chance legislation during the administration of former President George W. Bush. The day’s event will examine the importance of having an effective re-entry program that allows formerly incarcerated persons who truly desire to go in the right direction the opportunity to participate in a re-entry program regardless of how many misdemeanors or felonies they may have.

The program begins at 5 p.m. at Annesdale Cherokee Baptist Church, which is located 2960 Kimball Avenue. Other participants will include Congressman Steve Cohen, Mayor AC Wharton, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, State Rep. G.A. Hardaway, County Commissioner Henri Brooks and Councilwoman Wanda Halbert.

SCLC Memphis is proposing that formerly incarcerated persons with various skills such as landscaping, car detailing, carpentry and other skills be allowed to attend classes to further develop their skills. They would be taught money management skills, conflict resolution and other subjects to help them successfully re-enter work society.

SCLC Memphis also proposes that participants be paid a stipend during the training period. Equipment and supplies could be purchased and provided for the trainees without charge. The program would assist them in getting employment contracts.

For more information, contact Dr. Dwight Montgomery, president of SCLC Memphis at 901-488-4798.

LOC tribute to feature Gospel artist Kathy Taylor

LeMoyne-Owen College students, along with the Baptist Ministerial Association Male Chorus and gospel artist Kathy Taylor, will pay tribute to local faith-based organizations for their unwavering support this Sunday, April 22, at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 3 p.m.

Along with Taylor, LeMoyne-Owen College students will showcase their talents in music, art, poetry and dance.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available on the campus of LeMoyne-Owen College, 807 Walker Ave., in the Office of Institutional Advancement between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Friday.

For more information, call 901-435-1527.

BTW town hall session with D.C. education rep

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will host a town hall at Booker T. Washington High School on Thursday (April 19).

The session is part of a series of conversations the Department of Education is having with students and families on college affordability. The forum will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be held in the library at the high school.

Kanter will discuss the department’s available aid and grant funds, affordable student loan repayment options, and initiatives underway to hold down college costs.

BTW is located at 715 S. Lauderdale St.

Lunch & learn series to target bullying

The Koko & Friends Foundation is setting sail to lead the fight against bullying with a real talk “Reality Check” series. The goal is to move to action the topics of bullying, gun violence and know your rights-dealing with police.

“Our objective is to shine a light on the truth and create the means to explore it, expose it, and liberate all children to become more powerful in their choices,” said Dr. Clara Denise West, president of the Koko & Friends Foundation.

The “Reality Check on Bullying” two-part lunch & learn series will kick off May 2nd and conclude on May 4th at the Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free registration is open to parents, Memphis social service providers, youth leadership ambassadors, mentors, and Memphis residents by going to: http://realitycheckonbullying.eventbrite.com.

The Koko and Friends Foundation, Inc., is based in Huntsville, Ala.

Cadence Bank and Cintas team for community shred days

In an effort to combat the growing problem of identity theft and fraud while helping to preserve the environment, Cadence Bank and Cintas® Document Management will sponsor the sixth-annual Community Shred Days.

Memphis residents and businesses are invited to bring old and unwanted documents to Cadence Bank locations on April 20th, 25th and 27th.

Individuals and businesses are encouraged to bring up to five boxes of unwanted paper material, such as old credit card statements, utility bills, payroll records, outdated bank and brokerage statements and trash-worthy tax documents. All material will be shredded on site by Cintas®.

It is not necessary to remove paper clips, staples, or bindings. However, the following materials cannot be shredded: CDs, floppy disks, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, magazines, newspapers and cardboard containers.

When? Where?:

• Friday, April 20: Germantown Branch – 7878 Farmington Blvd., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Wednesday, April 25: Folk’s Folly Branch – 591 South Mendenhall, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Friday, April 27: Union Branch – 1516 Union Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information, call Grant Harrison at Cadence Bank at 901-729-2245 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BRIEFLY: The G. W. Carver Class of 1962 will hold its 50th High School Reunion beginning at 6:30 p.m. on June 8 at the Central Station Boardroom. No registration fee. For more information: call Willie Lemon at 901-486-3262 or Barbara Morris Hunter 901-289-6888.

BRIEFLY: The Memphis Branch NAACP will meet at 4 p.m. on Sunday (April 22) at Mt. Olive CME Cathedral Church at 538 Linden at Lauderdale.

BRIEFLY: The Live Talent Showcase will feature some of the best Mid-South singers and rappers on Thursday, April 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (and every Thursday thereafter) at The Center for Southern Folklore, 119 South Main. Food and drinks available! For more info, contact Carolyn Yancy at 901-274-5502.



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