05 Jan 2012
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American Dream Team Initiative takes root in Holly Springs
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. American Dream Team Initiative has made its way to Holly Springs, Miss., with a two-day conference on the horizon.
The conference – Jan. 13-14 – will be the first meeting of the executive committee that Holly Springs Mayor André DeBerry has embraced to execute the “Holly Springs, MS Model City Plan.”
According to organizers, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. American Dream Team Initiative is designed to “put life into the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. American Dream and create a more perfect union of municipalities in Mississippi, the American Nation and throughout the world.”
The initiative’s “unique tool” is the Future America Office of Innovation, along with the “Science of Humaculture,” created by Dr. Nkosi K.M. Ajanaku, ESQ., and the scientists at the Future America Digitally Precise Basic Research Institute.
The conference begins at 4 p.m. Jan. 13 at Annie’s Restaurant at 198 N. Memphis St. in Holly Springs and will continue on Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rust College Community Center at 155 Rust Ave.
Citizens for Better Service set program
Citizens for Better Service, a voluntary civic group, will host its 19th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Awards program on Sunday, January 8, at 3 p.m. The theme is “I Am A Dreamer.”
The program, which will honor outstanding city and county students who exemplifu the qualities (humility, persuasiveness, leadership and intelligence) of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be held at Bloomfield Full Gospel Church, 123 South Parkway. The Rev. Ralph White is the host pastor.
City Court Clerk Thomas Long will serve as the keynote speaker. Musical guests include the Christ Missionary Baptist Church Choir, and solo singers such as Jekalyn Carr and Barbara “Sissy” Ellison. Special musical guest will be The Gray Sisters of Decatur, Ala. Dr. Priscilla Williams, founder/director of Beacon of Light Outreach Ministries, will serve as the M.C.
In addition to honoring outstanding students, Citizens For Better Service will present special awards to groups and citizens who have been role models for young people in Memphis and Shelby County.
Among the groups and citizens to receive special awards: Michael Bates, Hamilton High School, Principal of the Year; Sarah Kennedy Harper, Northside High, Teacher of the Year; Gregory Buckhanon, Mitchell High, Student of the Year; Whitehaven High School Football Team, Sports Team of the Year; Geretta Sueing, Community Outreach Specialist, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Rosa Parks Award; Minister Stevenson Clark, radio personality, Man of Distinction Award; Nadia Matthews, director of Lilyroze Studios, Woman of Distinction Award; and The Gray Sisters Gospel Singers of Decatur, Ala., Best Traditional Gospel Group Award.
For more information, call Johnnie Mosley, chairman, Citizens for Better Service, at 789-6463.
SCLC Memphis ready with Dr. King events
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Memphis (SCLC) is sponsoring the following activities commemorating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
• Saturday, Jan. 14 – SCLC Memphis will sponsor a Youth Peace Summit from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Annesdale Cherokee Baptist Church located 2960 Kimball Avenue. Free clothing, food and refreshments will be provided for participating youth. There will be live music featuring performances by Dula, producer of positive rap music. The Youth Peace Summit will have presentations focusing on anti-gang, anti-crime, anti-drugs and anti-violence.
• Sunday, Jan: 15 – A Commemorative Program in honor of the actual birthday of Dr. King will be held at Annesdale Cherokee Missionary Baptist Church. starting at 11 a.m. National SCLC President, Isaac Farris of Atlanta, will be the guest speaker. Farris is the nephew of Dr. King. Music will be rendered by Joe Ligon, lead singer for the “Mighty Clouds of Joy” and the Men’s Choir of Annesdale Cherokee Missionary Baptist Church.
• Monday, Jan: 16 (National Holiday) – SCLC Memphis will join the “Occupy Memphis” Rally for Economic Justice located on the City Civic Plaza downtown.
For more information, contact the Rev. Dwight R. Montgomery, president of SCLC Memphis at 901-488-4798.
Lifeblood donors can Honor memory of Dr.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lifeblood is offering its donors two ways to learn more about the civil rights movement.
Option 1: Lifeblood is holding a mobile blood drive from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr., Day – at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry Street. Those who donate blood that day will be given a voucher that entitles the donor and three family members free admission to the museum through January 23. Those who choose to go on Jan. 16 will be allowed to advance to the front of the line.
Option 2: Those who donate at any of Lifeblood’s donor centers from January 16-23 will be get a museum voucher for the donor and three family members, good for use Jan. 16-23. To locate a donor center, visit www.lifeblood.org or call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD.
For more information, call 901-288-7946.
Rhodes sets MLK celebration events
Rhodes College will celebrate the life and work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with various activities free and open to the public on Jan. 14.
The events calendar: 1 p.m. – Readings and stories about the life of Dr. King performed by Charles Holt, a Rhodes alumnus, vocalist and Broadway actor; 2 p.m. – Crafts for children; 3 p.m. – Concert by Memphis Neo Soul/R&B artists BDot & Experience; 3:45 p.m. – Birthday wishes and cake in honor of Dr. King.
Rhodes students also will work at various service sites in Memphis. For more information, contact Sabrina Brown, Rhodes’ Office of the Multicultural Affairs, at browns@ rhodes.edu or 901-843-3529.
At the National Civil Rights Museum
Saturday, Jan. 14: King Youth Day: 9:30 a.m. to noon:
“King: A Man Of Many Hats”
Free (ticketed event); limited space; Tickets available at museum January 2-13; 3 Tickets per person.
• King Youth event for children ages 6-13. Museum tour not included.
• Special guest Dr. Joe P. Cornelius. Using drama, music, humor, insight, and more than a dozen hats, Dr. Cornelius performs “Hats,” which tracks the past from slavery to the present. His performances are a creative method to motivate learning about African American history.
• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Arts and Crafts activities offered for children ages 6 -13.
• 1:30 p.m.: “Hats” performance for general museum audience. Included with admission.
• 3-5 p.m.: Film screening of “Road To The Promised Land,” a series of interviews related to Dr. King’s legacy compiled by filmmaker George Tillman. Followed by book signing by Ritchie Sherrod Jackson. Free to the public.
Monday, Jan. 16, 2012: King Holiday • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
“A Day Of Service: What Is Your Service?”
• Tour museum for $3 admission, or $2 admission with canned food donation
• Food Drive benefitting Mid-South Food Bank.
• LifeBlood Blood Drive. Give blood to receive free museum admission for up to 4 family members.
•10:30; 12:30; 2 and 3:30 p.m. – “Hats” performances, followed by Hattiloo Theatre’s presentation of “The Meeting,” a play about a fictitious conversation between Dr. King and Malcolm X.
• Courtyard food vendors, radio station remotes with on-air personalities and special guests