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.
The National Civil Rights Museum's 2012 Freedom Award Public Forum, sponsored by International Paper, and annually hosted by Temple of Deliverance COGIC took place Tuesday (Oct 16). It provided an opportunity for students and the public to participate in this historic event.
Excitement is one of those things that will often become evident before the excited person even says a word.
The goal is to give life to an accountable personification of the street law that says "game recognizes game."
The official announcement was set for Thursday (Oct. 18). Mayor AC Wharton Jr.'s Innovation Team scheduled a press conference to introduce the members of a new street team that will go to work on helping to cut the youth violence rate.
Madeleine Taylor gave specific reasons why the Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is endorsing a countywide half-cent sales tax increase.
"The funds would be used to support pre-K," said Taylor, the organization's executive director, during a press conference at NAACP headquarters on Monday (Oct. 15.)
Members of the group's executive board surrounded Taylor. It was crafted as a show of solidarity for the half-cent tax increase that Mayor A C Wharton Jr., other elected officials, a group of ministers and a coalition of civic and community organizations have been pushing for more than a week.