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Youth violence prevention to get conference stress

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.

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Youth ‘responsibility’ march now a part of community’s future

Youth ‘responsibility’ march now a part of community’s future

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.

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KKK specter may already have ‘helped’ Memphis

KKK specter may already have ‘helped’ Memphis

While the long buildup to Saturday's Ku Klux Klan rally in downtown Memphis has helped the event draw national attention, public and political watchers here say the KKK's impending visit has served to bring many people closer together to focus on issues with long-term impact.

Planned to protest the renaming of several parks honoring Confederate war history, the rally by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is set for 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 30 on the steps of the courthouse at 140 Adams.

"I'm asking Memphians to just ignore them physically, but it's been beneficial to remind us to forever be aware of the evil within the hearts of too many people in this country; whether it's racism, sexism or any type of bigotry that rears its ugly head," said Wharton.

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TSD to host Achieve! Town Hall on Education

As public education continues its evolution into a number of differing options, The New Tri-State Defender is coordinating a town hall meeting to provide a forum for local residents to learn more and engage in discussion.

The Achieve! Town Hall Meeting on Education is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (March 30) at The Magnet located at 879 McLemore Ave.

"We want to make sure that all parents are well informed and ready to take full advantage of opportunities that exist to increase their child's potential to achieve academic and career success," said TSD President/ Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.

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Lunch & Learn! session will get down to business

Lunch & Learn! session will get down to business

Andrea Johnson, owner of The Bubble Bistro, and James Wesby, creator of Blocally, will be the guest speakers during Networking in Memphis' Lunch & Learn!

The networking event is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alcenia's Southern Cuisine, at 317 N. Main St. It is sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender.

Johnson will speak on "Women in Business." Wesby will detail "The Must Have App for Black-Owned Businesses."

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Memphis labor-case namesake reaps D.C. honor

Memphis labor-case namesake reaps D.C. honor

Sheila Parrish White – whose name will forever be linked to railroads, discrimination and the U.S. Supreme Court – was honored for her commitment to justice in Washington, D.C. this week.

Congressman Steve Cohen, who noted White's "dedication to the cause of justice," presented her with a book – "Women of Congress." During a conversation, the two discussed the myriad contributions women have made to the development of the nation.

White of Memphis is the central figure in what is known as the Sheila White Anti-Workplace Retaliation Act. She was the plaintiff in the landmark case, Burlington Northern & Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Co. v. White, 548 U.S. 53 (2006).

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Dewanna Lofton is Memphis’ new public information officer

Dewanna Lofton is Memphis’ new public information officer

Dewanna Lofton, who has 25-plus years of experience in print and broadcast journalism, public relations, project management, consulting and marketing, has been named the City of Memphis' new public information officer.

Lofton's background includes tenures as a business reporter with the major daily newspapers of Memphis, Jackson, Miss., and Columbia and Myrtle Beach, S. Car. Shel also has been a reporter and producer with news stations in Jackson, Miss. and Greenwood, Miss., where she was born.

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