Onzie Horne, Memphis' deputy director of Community Enhancement, was a proverbial cornucopia of information on Monday's bus ride through various "hoods" of Memphis. As we slowly came to a stop in South Memphis, the corner of Mississippi and Walker, he eloquently pointed out key historic sites and their significance, particularly to the African-American community in times past.
Although the bus tour and announcement by Mayor A C Wharton Jr.'s Innovation Delivery Team was clearly about the future of inner city Memphis, Horne's historic accounts helped shape a context of a time when those communities were thriving with business, commerce, connection and appeal.
"I'm not surprised by the lawsuit. However, I was shocked by the language. The lawsuit needs to be based on constitutional merits and not on race. Additionally, state law allows for these special elections. They should be held as planned."
– Mark H. Luttrell Jr., Shelby County Mayor
The headline on the news release from the office of Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. declared that he disagreed with the lawsuit that the County Commission filed to block municipal school elections.
If given the face-to-face chance, some who have read the 6-paragraph release announcing Luttrell's stance would have asked, "What were you thinking?"
by Kimberly McGrew
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
Not even the sweltering heat could stop the students of the Boys and Girls Club Technical Training Center from selling their nutritious treats at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday (June 30).
Their resolve was linked to "Gardens to Groceries" – the center's program that encourages students to grow their own foods through a new age of hydroponic gardening called aeroponic tower gardening. Aeroponic gardening requires no dirt; just mineral water, sunlight and air.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis experienced his first taste of hosting an upscale event and the proceeds were reaped by organizations in the city that he now calls home.
Ellis' giving efforts were recognized on Saturday (June 30) as his agency, the ME8Foundation, hosted its first public event, Romance on the Rooftop Day Party benefitting the National Civil Rights Museum and Stand for Children. The event featured R&B crooner Robin Thicke at the Peabody Hotel's Skyway and Rooftop.
Royalty from more than 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are set to arrive in Memphis for four days (July 12-15) of intense training at the 11th annual Leadership Conference for Queens and Kings' Konnection sponsored by Verizon at The Peabody Hotel.
Drawing upon the rich history of the nation's oldest African-American denomination, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged all Americans to get involved in the lives of the nation's families and neighborhoods and the country as a whole.
Mrs. Obama addressed the 49th Quadrennial Session of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church's General Conference held in Nashville on June 28, the same day she spoke at a Memphis fundraiser.
That's the verb that resonated from Michelle Obama as the first lady shared elements of her upbringing with a Memphis-area crowd at the Canon Center on Wednesday afternoon. The reference was to her parents and the posture they took to make sure she and her brother had what each needed to succeed.
"They held us to the same high standard of excellence because they wanted us both to have the same kind of education they could only dream of," she said.