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Local NCBW chapter chartered amid a call to use its power

Local NCBW chapter chartered amid a call to use its power

It took about a year and a half to get the Memphis Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. up and running. On Sunday evening (Nov. 17), the organization received its charter and the 18 founding members were installed during a two-hour ceremony in the Little Theater of The LeMoyne Owen College's Alma C. Hansen Student Center.

"I challenge you to work together and walk together," exhorted Dr. E. Faye Williams, the NCBW's national chair and installation speaker. "We should be ready to make a difference in somebody's life. We have a duty to help our young brothers and sisters who're coming behind us."

Williams presented the charter to Dr. Brenda J. Taylor, chair of the Memphis chapter, as family and friends observed. "We've got to work together. I think we can do it. We will make a difference in the city of Memphis," she said.

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  • Written by Wiley Henry
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Sales tax/Pre-K debate goes down to the wire

Sales tax/Pre-K debate goes down to the wire

Voters packed a conference room at The Benjamin L. Hooks Library on Poplar Ave. on Monday evening to receive two sides to the story of the upcoming (Nov. 21) vote concerning the half-cent sales tax increase for Pre-K funding.

By a show of hands, some voters – about a dozen – indicated they had already voted, which had me wondering if they really had understood the proposed Ordinance No. 5495 Local Option Sales Tax. The other 100 or so undecided voters focused in on the educational fruit provided by Barbara U. Prescott, Ph. D. and Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., both former Memphis School Board Commissioners and still champions for the Memphis community.

Dr. Prescott argued for the increase; Dr. Whalum was against it. Prescott's "yes" position was anchored in her belief that the City of Memphis needs this money to make sure our precious babies don't end up ignorant by the 3rd grade.

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans
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Holiday Festival Parade turning 16

Holiday Festival Parade turning 16

For the past 16 years, the Holiday Festival Parade has given area youth a positive outlet to express their creativity, and provides an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Organized by Hazel Moore, founder of the Academy for Youth Empowerment, each year the annual event brings thousands of Mid-South students and parents to the Whitehaven community to fellowship and celebrate the upcoming holiday season.

The 2013 Holiday Festival Parade will be held on Saturday (Nov. 23rd) and begins at 10 a.m. The parade is set to commence at Southland Mall, traveling North on Elvis Presley Blvd, and will conclude at Craft Street near Graceland.

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Colleague conference rewards top-performing SCS Teachers

Colleague conference rewards top-performing SCS Teachers

A teacher-inspired, teacher-led conference drew about 100 of Shelby County Schools' top-performing teachers to the Mid-South Convention Center in Robinsonville, Miss. last week.

The Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) conference was sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It offered workshops and tools designed to inspire and motivate teachers and support their continued excellence in the classroom.

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson addressed the attendees – all high-performing teachers selected for their passion for education and desire to elevate their profession. He commended them for commitment to their transformative-yet-rarely celebrated work.

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G ☺ ☺ D BLUE: Sergeant John Garcia

G ☺ ☺ D BLUE: Sergeant John Garcia

(Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law enforcement agencies. In partnership with the new Community Police Relations Project, The New Tri-State Defender's "Good Blue" column spotlights law enforcement officers who do it right. This week's focus is on Sgt. John Garcia of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.)

Sergeant John Garcia of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) has been serving the Memphis community for sixteen years. He is the first Latin American to achieve the rank of sergeant in the 150-year history of the SCSO and that makes him proud.

When you add Garcia's 21 years of service in the U.S. Navy, the fact that he is the Spanish training instructor for the SCSO, part-time criminal justice instructor at Remington College, Nonconnah Blvd, a certified hostage negotiator and has been a Little League baseball coach in the Bartlett-Ellendale community, well, then the entire community becomes proud.

 

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African American Male Image Awards set for Nov. 16

African American Male Image Awards set for Nov. 16

The 19th Annual African American Male Image Awards Banquet – presented by the Hobson-Goodlow Education Foundation and the Memphis Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. – will be held at The Hotel Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.

Edward Stanton III, U.S. Atty. for the Western District of Tennessee, will be the keynote speaker. Radio personality Bev Johnson of WDIA will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.

The banquet, which raises funds to support college-bound African-American male high school seniors, also recognizes African-American men in the Memphis community who are role models for brotherhood, scholarship and community service. Banquet co-chair George Hilliard said the Hobson-Goodlow Education Foundation recognizes men who excel in six key areas – arts, business, corporate, community service, education and Religion.

 

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