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‘A Call for Balance/Fairness’

‘A Call for Balance/Fairness’

Why, asked a reporter at a Friday press conference, did none of the African-American "leaders" recently interviewed by her news outlet not come down on Commissioner Henri Brooks for remarks made while challenging the award of a county roofing contract to a firm with no African-American roofers?

"We identify with what she is talking about," said the Rev. Dr. L. LaSimba Gray, the Memphis head of Rainbow PUSH, one of three groups and several ministers who called the conference at Cane Creek Baptist Church.

"During the civil rights movement we didn't all agree with Malcolm X, but we didn't challenge Malcolm X because Malcolm X spoke truth to what we were living with every day. And what Henri Brooks was speaking to is what we live with every day," said Gray.

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Offended by what he labeled “slander,” radio host/television commentator fires back

Offended by what he labeled “slander,” radio host/television commentator fires back

The attachment handed out at a Friday press conference at Cane Creek Baptist Church had this header: "Direct Quotes of Mr. Andrew Clarksenior Appearance on WHBQ.TV Tuesday night 5/13/14."

The press conference featured representatives of Rainbow PUSH, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the National Action Network and "concerned ministers." It was a forum to issue a twin call for balance and fairness. One target was the awarding of contracts in Shelby County.

The other target was the media, particularly the handling of the story involving Commissioner Henri Brooks, who some want to resign in the wake of remarks she made at the Shelby County Election Commission on Monday. Brooks challenged the award of a roofing contract to a firm that employs 25 roofers who are Hispanic and no African Americans. Her manner of doing so is now a matter of ongoing controversy.

 

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Memphis fast-food workers determined to keep pushing in campaign for higher wages, union rights

Memphis fast-food workers determined to keep pushing in campaign for higher wages, union rights

Church's Chicken manager Daniel May seemed pleased with the turnout and what he viewed as the unity that existed among participants in a Memphis reflection of widespread strikes and protests at fast-food restaurants on Thursday.

"It's like this very positive vibe-to know that you're fighting for justice, and you're in that fight together. You have a special camaraderie with that person."

Memphis fast food workers walked off their jobs to campaign for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. Organizers say the move part of a "wave of strikes and protests" in 150 cities across the U.S. and 33 additional countries on six continents.

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Birmingham’s ‘living history’ greets Mission Possible’s 34th Annual Spring Seminar

Birmingham’s ‘living history’ greets Mission Possible’s 34th Annual Spring Seminar

Operating on a shoestring budget, the 34th Spring Seminar of Mission Possible: Christian Outreach Service Mission (COSM) is one its participants will long remember.

Philanthropist and founder Thelma Nelms was inspired to take this year's conference (April 25th -26th) to historic Birmingham, Ala. It proved a rewarding decision, followed by a weekend of successive "miracles."

Beginning with the kick-off at the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, seminar attendees settled in for a moving opening ceremony in the church fellowship hall. It was there on Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963 at 10:22 a.m. that the church became known around the world when a bomb exploded killing four young girls and injuring more than 20 others attending Sunday School.

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This Weekend In Memphis!

This Weekend In Memphis!

FRIDAY

"Make The Right Call" Rep. GA Hardaway Concussion Awareness Luncheon
11:00am-1:00pm | Lebonheur Hospital Community Room

* Memphis in May BBQ Festival
All Day | Tom Lee Park (Riverside Dr.)
Admission is free from 11:00am-1:00pm, however, after 1pm tickets are $10.

 

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Twin brothers’ mural a picture of ‘Collaboration’ for Methodist South

Twin brothers’ mural a picture of ‘Collaboration’ for Methodist South

Methodist South Hospital recently hosted a ribbon cutting and consecration ceremony to celebrate the completion of its lobby and first floor renovations. The 9,500-square-foot renovation project cost $2 million and took approximately ten months to complete and no two people were happier to be involved than local artists Terry Lynn and Jerry Lynn.

The Lynns, a.k.a. TWIN, contributed a mural they painted titled "Collaboration," with Terry Lynn putting words to what was clearly obvious: "We are excited to be a part of Methodist South's redesign and opening celebration."

The mural, said Lynn, "represents the collaboration of physicians, healthcare leaders, and staff who make this hospital a vital part of the Memphis – and particularly Whitehaven – community."

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NFL sports camp at Whitehaven aims for real value

NFL sports camp at Whitehaven aims for real value

The "Make The Right Call" NFL sports camp slated for the Whitehaven High School football field on Saturday (May 17th) is designed to be more than just the usual punt, pass and kick event.

That's according to the organizer, Gene Robertson III, who envisions that as the case both for the pro athletes giving their time to the event and the kids and parents planning to attend.

The camp is free to boys and girls ages 10-14 years of age. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with on-field drills in fundamentals, specific position techniques and healthy toning techniques all on the teaching agenda. A free lunch will be offered, coupled with a mentoring symposium crafted to expand the childrens' minds about the possibilities sports can bring.

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