(Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law enforcement agencies. In partnership with the new Community Police Relations Project, The New Tri-State Defender's "Good Blue" column spotlights law enforcement officers who do it right. This week's focus is on Sgt. John Garcia of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.)
Sergeant John Garcia of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) has been serving the Memphis community for sixteen years. He is the first Latin American to achieve the rank of sergeant in the 150-year history of the SCSO and that makes him proud.
When you add Garcia's 21 years of service in the U.S. Navy, the fact that he is the Spanish training instructor for the SCSO, part-time criminal justice instructor at Remington College, Nonconnah Blvd, a certified hostage negotiator and has been a Little League baseball coach in the Bartlett-Ellendale community, well, then the entire community becomes proud.
The 19th Annual African American Male Image Awards Banquet – presented by the Hobson-Goodlow Education Foundation and the Memphis Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. – will be held at The Hotel Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.
Edward Stanton III, U.S. Atty. for the Western District of Tennessee, will be the keynote speaker. Radio personality Bev Johnson of WDIA will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.
The banquet, which raises funds to support college-bound African-American male high school seniors, also recognizes African-American men in the Memphis community who are role models for brotherhood, scholarship and community service. Banquet co-chair George Hilliard said the Hobson-Goodlow Education Foundation recognizes men who excel in six key areas – arts, business, corporate, community service, education and Religion.
Lenora Green, recognized as one of America's most talented sopranos, has joined The LeMoyne-Owen College and Stax Music Academy as artist in residence.
"We are pleased that Ms. Green brings with her a dynamic portfolio of classical music experience, and has already engaged an expectant, talented student community in instruction and performance," said Dr. Cheryl Golden, LOC vice president and chief academic officer.
"We are especially pleased with the prospect for forging even stronger bonds with Stax through our mutual appreciation for Ms. Green's work, and look forward to many collaborative opportunities."
Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir says he has learned through his teen-age sons and by talking to young students in elementary schools that there is real interest in money and finances at every age.
"The key is to provide information in an interesting way so we, as thought leaders, can instill good financial habits," said Lenoir, co-host of the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission's Financial Literacy Summit for Teachers at the University of Memphis on Saturday (Nov. 16).
This weekend's event, which Lenoir is co-hosting with State Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr., will be a reprise of a January effort in Memphis. It will be the latest in a series of summits being held in communities across Tennessee.
In honor of Veterans Day, MATA will offer free bus, trolley and MATAplus rides for veterans all day on Monday, November 11.
Anyone who has served in any branch of the United States military is eligible to ride free on the holiday. To ride free, veterans can show their Veterans Identification Card (VIC) or any other military ID to the bus or trolley operator upon boarding the bus.
MATA will also honor active employees who have served in the military at noon at its administrative offices located at 1370 Levee Road. Regular weekday service will be in effect.
Three Keeper of the Dream winners – all students – plus three Freedom Award honorees – seasoned champions of growth and development – equal six more stalwarts the National Civil Rights Museum has saluted in its twenty-two-year journey to build upon the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Wednesday, the Temple of Deliverance COGIC sanctuary was the perfect positive-energy chamber for the vibes generated by the 2013 National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Award Public Forum.
Students roared their excitement as emcee Lamman Rucker of Tyler Perry's series "Meet The Browns" took the stage. He masterly worked the crowd, demonstrating that acting and looks are not the only assets of this education advocate and son of an educator, entrepreneur and athlete.