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Briefs & Things: U of M Law School names diversity programs coordinator

Jacqueline O'Bryant is the new coordinator of diversity programs at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

O'Bryant will oversee the Tennessee Institute for Prelaw, the state's only summer diversity access program for law school. She will also actively recruit and support diverse law students, while developing additional diversity outreach initiatives for the school.

A former deputy prosecuting attorney for Pulaski County (Little Rock) in Arkansas, O'Bryant also taught as an adjunct professor at Philander Smith College in Little Rock. She also has served as in-house counsel for Alltel Communications in Little Rock and worked with the Arkansas Public Defender Commission in the state capital.

Bryant holds a law degree from the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock and a B.A. degree in political science from Alcorn State University in Mississippi. She was a member of the Overton Inn of Court in 2008-09, and she was a public service extern for U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas in 2005.

Tribute for former Fayette County Schools supt.

Former Fayette County Schools' Supt. Myles Wilson will be honored during a tribute event dubbed "Cotton Sack to Superintendent" to be held June 1 beginning at 7 p.m. at House of Faith Ministries on HWY 76 in Somerville.

Wilson, who was born and raised in Fayette County, retired last year after serving eight and a half years as superintendent, and more than 40-plus years in the field of education. He served two terms as president of the Somerville Rotary Club and two terms as president of the Fayette Teachers Association.

"He has also served as a county commissioner for more than 22 years. Myles has paid his dues," said Lane College National Alumni Association President Dr. L. LaSimba Gray Gray.

Isaac Northern, regional vice president of the alumni association and coordinator of the event said, "Supt. Wilson touched so many lives during his tenure as a teacher, coach, asst. principal, principal and superintendent. He was a pioneer. The odds were against him but he persevered and overcame them."

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence L. Reddick III, chairman of the board of trustees at Lane College and presiding prelate of the First Episcopal District of the CME Church, will be the featured speaker. For more information, call 901-754-3979 or contact Louise Holloway at 901-465-2504.

BRIEFLY: Memphis City Schools will sponsor the Second Annual Exceptional Children Parent Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Colonial Middle School at 1370 Colonial Rd. on Saturday (May 19). Workshops tailored to the needs of each student's disability will be held throughout the day. Joe Fisher, Tennessee Department of Education assistant commissioner for Special Education, will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact Annette Vaughn at 901-416-0161.

BRIEFLY: Impact Baptist Church celebrates its move to Northaven on Saturday (May 19), beginning with a parade that starts at noon at Northaven Elementary School. The groundbreaking ceremony will be at 2 p.m. at the school. For more information, call 358-3391 or visit www.impactbcm.org. Dr. Michael C. Ellis is pastor.

BRIEFLY: Federal, state, local and non-profit organizations will gather on May 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist veterans and their families in Shelby County with questions about enrollment, filing claims, housing education and employment opportunities during an outreach event at Memphis Pentecostal Assembly at 8941 East Shelby Dr. For more information, contact Julia Richardson, 901-577-7673, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Carol Baldwin, 901-523-8990, ext. 5141; Joseph Tyler, 901-230-9458, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BRIEFLY: Memorial Park Funeral home will hosts its annual Memorial Day program beginning at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery. The program will feature a live cannon salute and a keynote address by Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

BRIEFLY: The Greater Memphis Chamber's "A Conversation With...Jack Truong" will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center at 255 North Main on June 8. The president and CEO of Electrolux will give an update on timeline, jobs and the company's place in the community. The event is $35 for members, $40 for non-members. Registration: Tunga Lee: tlee@memphischamber .com or call 901-543-3571.

BRIEFLY: The Westwood High School Class of 1977 will commemorate its matriculation the weekend of July 13-15. For information concerning the events planned for the 35th year class reunion, contact Elbert Brent III at 901-634-5358 or Christopher Howard at 901-550-8036

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