Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson – an educator, political scientist and pan-Africanist – has lectured extensively in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean and is a widely sought after expert on special education and the impact on black children.
Memphis-area residents are being presented with three chances to hear Dr. Abdullah-Johnson live.
Local activists and scholars will gather to hear Abdullah-Johnson offer his professional opinion on why black children represent the dominate population of public school special education programs on Saturday (March 8th) at 12:30 p.m. at Masjid Al-Mu'minun located at 4412 S. Third Street.
After days of bone-chilling temperatures and a wintry mix that made getting in and out of our cars an adventure, it's time for the weekend. Here are some happenings for those ready to unwind
Friday Night Live
RBS Entertainment presents Friday Night Live; Hype Life Edition on Friday, March 7th at the Blues Belt Event Center at 3468 Casino Way in Tunica, Miss. Open mic and live music entertainment provided by Concrete Soul and Zero Gravity. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Sundays Best auditions
Do you have talent? Can you set the church on fire on Sunday mornings? Then you could be the next Gospel sensation.
It happened 24,096 times during 2013. That's how many times a bike rider strapped his or her bike on the front of a MATA bus to continue a journey.
MATA provided the figures Thursday (March 7th). They reflect a nearly eight percent increase over the prior year.
"It is impossible for MATA to have service up and down every street in the community both from a time and expense perspective," said Tom Fox, MATA's interim president and general manager. "The 'Bike and Ride' commuter is someone who wants to take advantage of public transportation but isn't necessarily within walking distance to a bus stop either from their point of origin or destination. With bike racks on every bus, we are able to safely and conveniently accommodate that customer.
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.