Did one horrid, painful moment of ultimate despair drive 21-year-old Chavis Carter to take a gun and end his own life while handcuffed in the backseat of a Jonesboro, Ark. police cruiser?
That is the painful question that has gripped the African-American community for several weeks now as the awful truth sinks in of another young African-American man's life cut short during an encounter with police.
The ultimate answer may be in the hands of the U.S. Justice Department.
Within 60 days, Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong is expected to issue a ruling that will reverberate throughout District 4 and quite possibly beyond.
Armstrong finds himself in that pivotal position after veteran school board member the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. filed suit Wednesday (Aug. 22) challenging the results of the Aug. 2 election. Republican Kevin Woods squeaked out a narrow victory (108 votes) over Whalum, according to results certified on Monday.
Memphis' "comprehensive youth violence prevention and reduction strategy" includes a string of initiatives that has Mayor AC Wharton Jr. drawing upon fire-fighting tips this week.
"When there's a fire in the kitchen, you don't point the fire extinguisher at the flames on the ceiling or the walls," said Wharton, who highlighted the city's strategy on Wednesday during a visit to Memphis by a team of federal officials.
BRIDGES' 90th anniversary celebration will include a visit by Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, N.J., who will speak during a lunch event on Oct. 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
As leader of New Jersey's largest city since 2006, Booker and his administration have worked to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshaling the city's resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment deemed nurturing and empowering for all individuals and families.
by Bernadette Shinault-Davis
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
Kenneth and Yolanda Rogers joined Believers Unite! Worldwide Church eight months ago. She had no job, he didn't make enough to support his wife and three children and the family desperately needed a place to call home.
Yolanda Rogers said she decided to face life's challenges head on and chose to share her family's story during a Sunday service.
Memphis and Mid-South residents are invited to attend a public rally Monday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum to express support for the family of Chavis Carter. Jonesboro, Ark. police claim he committed suicide while handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser.
Carter, who was arrested July 29, used a .380-caliber Cobra semi automatic handgun to fatally shot himself, police assert, after he was apprehended on an outstanding drug charge warrant. Officers said Carter, 21, could have hidden the gun while not handcuffed and waiting to be officially charged.