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Can we make it to the ‘Promised Land?’

RonDaniels 600Friday, April 4, marks the 46th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination on a balcony in Memphis. Black America and people of goodwill in the nation and the world were stricken by grief, frustration and anger at the murder of this great man of justice and peace. Indeed, rebellions erupted in urban centers across the nation by people who could not fathom how an apostle of non-violence could be struck down so viciously and violently. It was clear that America was at yet another crossroad in the quest to achieve racial, economic and social justice.

Despite constant death threats, Dr. King never flinched in his determination that this nation should be made to live up to its creed. The night before he was murdered, he reluctantly mounted the podium at the Mason Temple Church in Memphis and seemed to have a premonition of his impending demise. Yet, he proclaimed that he was not afraid dying.

In the most memorable part of his oration he took the audience to the "mountaintop" with him and declared that he had "seen the promised land." Sensing that his life would be cut short he said, "I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land."


Mom seeks help after nine year old sneaks out.

YG 600The Dilemma: A parent wrote to say that she was recently arrested because she spanked her 9-year-old daughter, who sneaked out the house and returned home at 1 a.m. Worried about her daughter's absence, the mother had called police to place a missing person report and was told she had to wait 24 hours. According to the mother, she did not whip her daughter unmercifully.

Nevertheless, the daughter called the police after the spanking. Now the mother wants to know how she can forgive her daughter's betrayal and how they can continue to live under the same roof since the daughter refuses to obey the rules of the house and considers measures such as timeouts to be "BS."

"I believe in spanking if you are hard-headed or disobedient," the mother wrote. "Is there anything wrong with spanking your child as long as you don't beat them?"


New charter schools mean more choices for Memphis families

tate 600You've probably known of a business that, for whatever reason, had a reputation for bad service, or sold a product that didn't meet your expectations.

Maybe you've noticed a place like that with a sign outside that says "under new management." It's their way of saying they're turning things around to offer the very best.

Well, I am pleased to say that six of our schools in Shelby County that, for whatever reason, haven't met our expectations will make the changes they need to offer our kids a world-class education in Memphis.


Babies raising babies

babies 600Even for the most prepared parents, raising a healthy and happy child is one of life's major challenges.

Having the ability to check off commonly accepted parenting prerequisites – a quality education, a good job, mental and emotional stability, a safe home – can make the challenge easier to tackle and overcome.

Unfortunately, adolescents who become parents often have a shortage of key life skills and other resources that are vital to the parenting process.

This sad reality is supported by research showing that, on average, children who are born to teen parents are less likely to ever reach their full potential.



Miss Sojourner’s ‘truth’ in 2014

st 600I listened to President Obama's recent State of the Union Address. Among many other concerns, he spoke to the now much repeated 77-cent gap between male and female wages. As an African-American female, I reflected on this "now" issue in light of history.

Economic disparities are nothing new in this world nor this country; neither is racial or gender disparity. I applaud Mr. Obama for calling this particular issue out.

For the sake of perspective and perhaps even for the sake of inspiration, I want to share a speech made by that noble, wise "Black Queen," Miss Sojourner Truth. She gave these remarks at a gathering of "feminists" in 1851 in Akron, Ohio. This was before the Civil War. The platform was to gain the vote for women in a world where only white men were considered worthy of voting.