A state burial for former South African President Nelson Mandela will be held on Dec. 15, with a memorial service set for Tuesday (Dec. 10) in a Johannesburg stadium.
The anti-apartheid activist and hero to many around the globe died Thursday afternoon at age 95. His passing has triggered an outpouring of emotion that is ladened with iconic-level respect.
Here are some local reflections:
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators – meeting for it its 37th annual conference – will gather in Memphis Dec. 11-14.
Representing 600-plus African-American legislators from 45 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, the NBCSL's president is Rep. Joe Armstrong, D-Knoxville.
The group, which founded in 1977, will meet at The Peabody Hotel downtown. The group's last session in Memphis was in December 1994. The late District 91 Rep. Lois DeBerry was elected the group's president at that conference.
Talk show host and blogger Thaddeus Matthews walked into the Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk's Office on Monday (Dec. 2) looking for confirmation that a grand jury had indicted him on three accounts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
He left just as confused as he had been when Memphis police arrested him a year ago for a criminal offense that Matthews said actually was a case of him trying to help an unidentified woman help a child.
"They have no record of an indictment against me," Matthews said after making the trek downtown.
The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) will host its 2nd Annual TSDmemphis.com Holiday Parade in Downtown Memphis on Sunday, Dec. 15, beginning at 2 p.m.
The organization and lining up is set for 1 p.m. at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets. The parade will be sponsored by Olympic Tax Service.
"Many in the community have reached out to us to continue this tradition and of course we had to oblige," said Bernal E. Smith II, TSD president and publisher.
The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) on Wednesday launched a new campaign aimed at reducing the infant mortality rate utilizing mobile devices and social media.
"As we continue our work to reduce the infant mortality rate in Shelby County, we realize being innovative in our use of social media is necessary to increase our public outreach," said Yvonne Madlock, director of the SCHD.
B4BabyLife, now available for Android and iPhone users, is the department's first mobile application encouraging healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. B4BabyLife is designed to help prevent infant mortality and provide families with information and resources before, during and after pregnancy.
The search for Memphis-area talent to participate in the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is underway propelled by a student orientation program held recently at First Baptist Church-Broad.
The ACT-SO program is a nationally recognized youth and achievement initiative sponsored by the NAACP, with high school students from the tri-state area encouraged to take part.
"The focus of a viable and effective local ACT-SO program is enrichment and mentorship," said Madeleine Taylor, executive director of the Memphis Branch NAACP.
Keisha Flowers Haley is a career educator who recently completed a task that "drove the joy of teaching deeper into me." And that's good news for her third-grade students at Newberry Elementary School and their circle of support.
Haley now is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, marking her among a dedicated group advancing through the organization's enhanced standards program.
Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher is an important and rigorous accolade for career educators. Even with her 14 years of experience, Haley said she found the process daunting.