The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) found no shortage of well-deserving men to induct into its growing corps of Men of Excellence honorees. Call it a testament to the abundance of talented, committed and visionary African-American male leadership in Memphis – and the women who support them.
TSD will host its fourth annual Men of Excellence Awards Reception and Presentation on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at The Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Avenue.
There were fervent exchanges between the proponents of a half-cent sales tax increase and those who oppose it during a televised 60-minute debate Wednesday morning (Oct. 24) in the studio of WREG-TV Channel 3.
With the Nov. 6 election looming, the debaters were steadfast and hoping voters in Memphis and the unincorporated areas of Shelby County would accept or reject a sales tax increase that would generate an estimated $60 million, with half of that going to public education. Proponents argue that the public education funds would go to extend Pre-K, but some opponents are not convinced.
On a September day this year, Courtney Pearson stood anxiously on the steps of the Lyceum, the famed old Greek Revival building on the University of Mississippi campus.
There, she learned she was elected homecoming queen. There, she stood as the first black woman to hold that title at Ole Miss.
Five decades before, James Meredith had entered the Lyceum as the university's first African-American student. He risked his life as he walked inside, his admission a milestone in the struggle for integration that sparked deadly riots on campus.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Pharmacy students earlier this month held Boo Flu, an annual event that gives all UTHSC professors, staff and students an opportunity to receive a free flu vaccination.
The supply of vaccines ran out after students immunized 1,850 people. A subsequent event was held to give flu shots to the 240 people who didn't get theirs, or missed the first date. The turnout for this year's event was a record breaker, with 1,500 to 1,600 flu shots dispensed previously.
The Rev. Al Sharpton will be in Memphis on Thursday (Oct. 25) as part of his mission will be to solicit more poll workers for Election Day on Nov. 6.
Former State Sen. Kathryn Bowers said Sharpton, head of the National Action Network and a syndicated talk show host, will be at Willie Moore's Family Restaurant at 109 N. Main St. at 8:30 a.m.
"He's coming to support us in our initiative to encourage people to volunteer to be poll workers for the poll-watchers brigade," said Bowers.
Champions emerge at different times, under different circumstances, and with different callings and missions, leaving an indelible imprint upon the world. Some from outside Memphis find their way here, and increasingly more so thanks to the National Civil Rights Museum and its annual Freedom Awards.
On Tuesday (Oct. 16), the Freedom Awards brigade expanded for the 2012 honorees: Legacy Award – Drs. George Jenkins, Sampson Davis and Rameck Hunt, aka "The Three Doctors"; Humanitarian Award – Marlo Thomas, actor, author, philanthropist and daughter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's founder; International Award – Dr. Muhammad Yunus, economist and banker to the poor; and National Freedom Award – Dr. Bernard Lafayette, longstanding activist for peace and nonviolence.