When Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. spoke Tuesday evening (Feb. 25th) at the University Center Theatre at the University of Memphis, he spoke from the topic, "The Education Before the Education."
Co-sponsored by the Student Event Allocation, Gossett's address covered such topics as progress and issues concerning race. He provided the audience with insight and wisdom, a characteristic of someone who's learned from his experiences.
And Gossett has quite a bit of experience under his belt. For example, in 1953, when he was 16 years old, he landed his first major role in the Broadway play "Take A Giant Step." He beat out 400 other aspiring actors, which launched his career.
The type of people that William Otis "Bill" Little knew and befriended could easily become the topic of conversation around the water cooler, perhaps because many of them were reputed for their achievements in sports and education.
But those who knew Little would consider him to have been just as accomplished in both fields as his distinguished friends.
Little was the sports editor for the Tri-State Defender for more than 50 years, an educator, basketball coach and sports official. He also played in the Negro Baseball League for the Memphis Red Sox and the Kansas City Monarchs as a catcher from 1952 to 1957.
In 2011, President Barack Obama launched StartUp America, a White House initiative targeted to increase entrepreneurship throughout the nation. Since its debut, Memphis government and business leaders have focused and dedicated resources and energy to augment entrepreneurship education and support.
To continue such efforts, the city of Memphis has partnered with the Memphis Office of Resources and Enterprise (MORE) to host the Government Procurement Vendor Fair on March 12th at The Lemoyne-Owen College. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Business owners will have the opportunities to network with local and federal government agencies as well as learn how to obtain resources available to improve their business internally and externally.
President Obama's FY15 budget includes $35 million to aid local efforts to address rape kit backlogs, with Mayor A C Wharton Jr. labeling it the most significant federal support yet.
"I applaud the Obama administration for recognizing the urgency of addressing the backlog of untested sexual assault kits across the country, and their willingness to provide $35 million in funds to help local communities with the many aspects of work necessary to navigate this issue," said Wharton.
Memphis has over 12,000 untested rape kits – a "systematic failure" that represents "justice denied" Wharton said last month, announcing plans for a cross-functional team with representatives from law enforcement and legal and victim advocate groups to address the rape kit-testing debacle.
Representatives from the Kellogg Company have not made themselves available for questions from The New Tri-State Defender despite calls to get the company's viewpoint about the protracted labor dispute with members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union, Local 252G.
In a letter to employees dated Feb. 28th, Marty Carroll, senior vice president of KNA Supply Chain, and Chris Rook, Memphis plant manager, acknowledged the workers' frustration and disappointment and called it understandable.
"We are frustrated, too. It is deeply concerning to Kellogg that employees who have given so many years of quality service to this Company are not currently on the jobs in which you have served us so well. We want nothing more than a resolution to these negotiations so we can all get back to the important work of moving this plant forward, together. You have a choice in this matter, and we hope you choose to return to work."
"Four months! Four long months it's been since we were locked out of our jobs and forced onto this picket line every day, and we still have little hope that Kellogg's will ever come back to the table to bargain with good faith," said one locked out employee Wednesday afternoon.
"This so-called contract will be the end of us veteran employees, if we sign. There is no 'good faith' on their side."
His sign read: "Hey Kellogg's, Where Does Greed Fit Into Your 'K' Values?"