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Ecumenical lunch serves dialogue to African-American church leaders and RNC

Ecumenical lunch serves dialogue to African-American church leaders and RNC

Here's the picture: An ecumenical lunch between members of several historically African-American church denominations and members of the Republican National Committee.

OK, pencil in African-American pastors from non-denominational churches, color in the Catfish Cabin and frame the whole thing in Memphis.

That's the scenario that came into view on Wednesday (March 7th), thanks in large part to Pastor Chester Berryhill and his wife Vivian, president of the National Coalition of Pastors' Spouses. They organized the lunch to welcome RNC members, who were in Memphis for the RNC's annual spring meeting.

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This Weekend in Memphis!

This Weekend in  Memphis!

This Week in Memphis !

FRIDAY

Greek Food Festival | A Grecian feast of kabobs and gyros joins marketplace goods, music and culture | 1pm-8:00pm | Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Mayor Wharton's Office of Talent and Human Capital |Artists Make Interesting Entrepreneurs| 2pm-4pm | Start Co.

Visible Music In May | Live Music, Food Trucks, & Games
4:30pm-8:30pm | Visible Music College

 

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Cohen: ‘I run on my record’

Cohen: ‘I run on my record’

At the intersection of Union and Cooper, an 11-year-old boy stricken with polio waited eagerly for the convertible transporting the future 35th president of the United States to pass his way en route to the riverfront to deliver a campaign speech. Transfixed by the thrill of seeing Sen. John F. Kennedy, Steve Cohen aimed his camera, framed the senator, and fired the shutter that day in September of 1960.

Today, the vintage black and white photograph of a beaming Kennedy sitting atop the convertible with then-Memphis mayor Henry Loeb and then-Senator Albert Gore Sr. hangs conspicuously among Cohen's extensive collection of photographs, posters, artwork, hundreds of campaign buttons, and other political paraphernalia in his Spanish Tudor-style home on the periphery of Overton Park.

The paraphernalia are decades-long records of events and personalities that inspired and shaped Cohen. His brush with Kennedy subsequently would seal his fate as a public servant in local, state and national politics.

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RNC launches new initiative with COGIC in its sights

RNC launches new initiative with COGIC in its sights

Some would say that we've seen this kind of outreach before from the Republican Party. The year was 2000. President George W. Bush had just "won" a photo-finish presidential race branded by "hanging chads" that led to the disqualifying of Democratic ballots and a painful loss for Tennessee favorite son, Al Gore Jr.

One week after the presidential election, Bishop G.E. Patterson of the Church of God in Christ had been elected presiding bishop. The acrimony between the political parties was palpable.

In late March of 2001, President Bush welcomed key African-American religious leaders, including Bishop Patterson, to the White House. More than a dozen convened with the president to lend their support for a plan to award federal dollars to faith-based programs. Patterson was quoted as saying that he did not vote for President Bush, adding that if the plan worked as intended, "there would be no reason for black people not to vote for him four years from now."

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K’PreSha’s Haul of Fashion

K’PreSha’s Haul of Fashion

Kimberly Taylor, owner and operator of K'PreSha Boutique, a Downtown apparel store, celebrated her birthday on May 1st. She also recently observed the third anniversary of K'PreSha. So what "gift" would send her "over the moon with excitement?"

The answer is mobile and it was slated for an unveiling Thursday (May 8th) in front of City Hall at 125 N. Main St.

The gift is an opportunity courtesy of the Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team (MIDT), which – in conjunction with alt.Consulting, a small business advisory and lender, is introducing MEMMobile, a small business incubator. MEMMobile is focused on developing and launching a fleet of mobile retail trucks that represent a diverse variety of merchandise and service offerings.

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Is Deidre Malone’s answer correct for ‘the’ question?

Is Deidre Malone’s answer correct for ‘the’ question?

Though the cheering had already started much earlier, Deidre Malone did not accept the fact of her victory in the Democratic Party primary until 9:43 p.m. Election Night.

Local Democratic Party activist Lexie Carter quieted the crowd, and from the Madison Avenue headquarter's back porch steps announced, "With 94 percent of the precincts in, she (Malone) has 13,340 votes, (the Rev. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr.) is at 12,148, giving him 33 percent. So with (County Commissioner) Steve Mulroy already conceding, Deidre has won. Mr. Whalum would have to get 5 percent of the total remaining votes to win."

Accepting the numbers at that moment, a visibly-moved Malone released a few tears. She turned and hugged her husband strongly for several seconds, then waded through the usual media blather before answering this question: Can she really beat incumbent Republican Mark Luttrell?

 

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It’s Malone vs. Luttrell in August

It’s Malone vs. Luttrell in August


Deidre Malone's marching orders to her constituents were succinct: "Let's take this thing."

That "thing" is the office of Shelby County Mayor. She earned the right to issue the summons to action by outdistancing the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., who surprised many coming in second, and County Commissioner Steve Mulroy in Tuesday's Shelby County Primary Elections.

Of the votes cast, Malone polled 35.8 percent, with Whalum 32.8 percent and Mulroy drawing 31.2 percent. Those percentages reflected all but one precinct.

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