They are, most of them, 30-something, city-planning luminaries who have been quietly converting some of Memphis’ most disparaged communities into recreated entities of beauty.
Last Friday was their ribbon-cutting ceremony, staged at their new office at 119 Court Avenue, Suite 100 – a generous, in-kind donation by Cadence Bank, valued at $130,000. This is the new home of Community L.I.F.T. (Leveraging Investments For Transformation) for the next two years.
Wilberforce University – the first college owned and operated by African Americans – is a historical gem that’s stood the test of time, weathering many storms since its founding in Wilberforce, Ohio in 1856.
Today is no different, with Wilberforce one of many historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) confronted with financial hardships, low student enrollment and administrative challenges. At present, the university is methodically working its way through a challenging accreditation procedure during the Higher Learning Commission’s review process.
Hamilton High School Memphis is among the top failing high schools in the state. It’s just that simple. Of the 935 students presently enrolled, said U.S. News and World Report, only 7.8 are deemed “college-ready.” Only 38 percent are proficient in English and 31 percent are proficient in Algebra.
No measure of school spirit can change those numbers. Until now, that is. School spirit is exactly what’s going to change those numbers, members of the alumni association said.
Feds to monitor election in Shelby County
(AP) – The U.S. Justice Department answered the call to monitor today’s elections in Shelby.
A statement from the department said monitors would ensure polling places comply with the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination against minorities. The election features a multitude of races on the ballot, including seats for U.S. Senate and U.S. House, the governor's race and four proposed constitutional amendments.
The importance of voting and the responsibility that black women have was the focus recently during an outreach event held in advance of the Nov. 4th election.
“We have a responsibility as black women, as the African-American community, to get out here and be responsible and know what’s going on in our government on the local and the state level, as well as the national level,” said Cherisse Scott, SisterReach founder and CEO.
PULASKI, Tenn. (AP) — Racists scared Matt Gardner off his front porch in Giles County more than 100 years ago.
As the locals tell it, warning shots fired at the prominent black farmer's home forced him to keep to the backyard for the last several decades of his life.