At The Soulsville Charter School, the shared focus is on preparing the students for success in college and beyond.
Acceptance letters – dozens of them – help build the case for mission accomplished. This year, each senior in the graduating class has just such a letter. It's the second consecutive year that every senior has been accepted to college, all of them to four-year programs. The details show many of the students headed to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country, and many with substantial scholarships.
"Each of the school's classrooms is themed around a college or university and on most mornings this time of year, we announce college acceptance letters over the intercom," said NeShante Brown, executive director of The Soulsville Charter School (TSCS).
Things aren't looking good for people with allergies in Tennessee. Not only is the pollen apocalypse on its way, three of the state's major cities made the Asthma and Allergy Foundation's annual list of the 10 worst places for spring allergy sufferers.
These so-called allergy capitals are ranked based on pollen levels, use of allergy medications and the number of board-certified allergists in the areas, according to a foundation statement.
Everyone in the United States can expect their allergies to be worse this year, thanks to an unusually wet winter, the foundation says.
The People's Conference on Race & Equality was envisioned as "a place where people could take constructive action against racism" and about 1,000 people showed up for the cause.
The event unfolded at the Fairgrounds, with attendees undaunted by the wet conditions. It was organized by Memphis United, a collaborative of groups and individuals.
Jacob Flowers of the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center said the event went as well as it could given the day's conditions.
It took me a while to actually realize what I was witnessing. My preliminary thoughts could've been that of the collective nature of many Memphians. The thought that Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr. and Police Director Toney Armstrong should've have urged denying the Klu Klux Klan a permit for their Easter weekend rally in downtown Memphis.
Yes, I've heard the conversations bouncing off of barbershop walls that Armstrong needs to focus on his officers, many of whom seem to have lost their People Skills Manual of late. I was later part of a conversation – more like a debate – about the "not-so-black" decisions that our mayor makes. During my time at this Wing Joint, I promise you that the Flaming Hot Wings would be considered ice cold when compared to what they had to say.
Then comes the day of the KKK rally and you would've thought that President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, Sasha, Maliya, their Grandma and the dog Bo were about to walk down Adams Street. That's how thick the police presence was.
One event with two focuses – raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and showcasing local businesses – drew dozens to the Grand Ballroom at Rhodes College last Saturday (March 23).
The host was the Collegiate Life Investment Foundation (C.L.I.F.), which built the evening around its first fashion show entitled "Distracted Runway 1.0." At the base of the foundation is a painful story.
On Feb. 1, 2012, Clifton B. Gibbs, a Christian Brothers University graduate and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., was critically injured in a car accident involving another car, whose driver was driving distracted, and a school bus. Two days later, Gibbs, 23, died from his injuries.
Youth safety will be the item of interest when Memphis City Schools and the Memphis/Shelby County Children and Youth Council hosts a public forum April 4-5.
From 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. each day at the Teaching and Learning Academy, 2485 Union Ave., the third annual "Assuring Safe Futures for Our Children Conference" (http://thirdannualassuringsafefutures.eventbrite.com/#) will present the latest innovations in youth violence prevention and intervention.
"This is our time to inform the masses – from parents to professional staff who work with children every day – about new practices in youth violence prevention," said Ronald Pope, MCS director of Student Engagement.
It's Saturday, April 20 and a throng of high school students, their parents and civic-minded citizens assemble to march and make a statement that area students have to step up their game to get a good education.
It could happen – and it will happen – if all goes according to the plan outlined Tuesday at the National Civil Rights Museum by Mayor AC Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. Dorsey E. Hopson II, Esq., interim superintendent of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools, joined them.
The mayors presented a proclamation naming the date of the march as "Student Responsibility Day." It will begin at 10 a.m. at City Hall and end in the museum's courtyard.