by Nicole R. Harris
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
"It's a shame that they wouldn't let that baby rest in peace," noted a female resident of a nearby apartment complex.
Moments earlier, dozens of mourners fled the sanctuary of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church. Inside, at what was supposed to be a homegoing celebration for three-year-old Maurice Brown Jr., a verbal altercation erupted, prompting Memphis Police officers to intervene and escort several attendees from the church premises.
Maurice Brown Sr. reported his son missing on July 1, with Brown saying the disappearance happened while he was asleep.
Kennard Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has been named a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE).
The FACHE title is considered to be the premier credential in the field of health care management.
As the chief operations officer and executive vice chancellor for UTHSC, Dr. Brown is the principal aide to the chancellor.
During the late 1970's, there were a number of industries in the U.S. that did not readily embrace diversity. Amid that environment, Amos Odell Webster Jr. found a way to successfully climb corporate ladders.
Mr. Webster died June 29 at age 60. In his rear-view mirror was a 39-year career in corporate management and business entrepreneurship.
At age 27, Mr. Webster became one of the youngest African-Americans to land a position as zone manager at the Ford Motor Company's Industrial Engine Division, where he was responsible for sales in a six-state region. Later, he served as worldwide marketing manager for Waukesha Engine Division/Dresser Industries.
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.