TSD Memphis

Thu04242014

Greater Metro

Rock-steady Armstrong shares police-director views

Toney ArmstrongMemphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says it is time for the African-American community to quit reacting and take action to fight the growing pattern of youth violence in the city.

"The sad reality is that it takes an incident like this to raise awareness," said Armstrong, referencing the Sept. 24 fatal shooting of 15-year-old Justin Thompson by off-duty police officer Terrance Shaw. "I feel like there are things as a community that we should be doing now to prevent us from having to march for another young man who may be the victim of a shooting, not by a police officer, but by another young man like him."

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Healing the Broken Village – not ‘moment’ but ‘movement’

BV-DrWmYoung"The Maasai Tribes of Kenya and Tanzania are revered as some of the most intelligent and accomplished cultures on the African culture. Their warriors were among the most fearsome, and their traditions meaningful and enduring. Since the very beginning, elders and villagers from neighboring tribes have greeted each other with 'Kasserian Ingeria': 'How are the children?' The well being of their children is most prized over all. It is still the tribe's greeting and their gravest concern. We must, likewise, understand the urgency of that inquiry, 'How are the children?' Our village is broken, and we must – all of us – take ownership of it's healing. This is our greatest concern: healing our broken village."

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Movie, panel discussion frame talk on education

Local educators, business leaders and parents gathered to help "break the monopoly of mediocrity" in the Memphis school system during a forum on education reform held Wednesday (Oct. 10) at the Malco Paradiso Theatre in East Memphis.

Hosted by the Greater Memphis Chamber, The Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the National Chamber Foundation, the event featured the controversial film "Won't Back Down" and a panel discussion on the evolving education system in Greater Memphis.

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NOVA means help for kids exposed to violence

Nova-1Imagine a network of closely collaborating service providers and other partners.

See them in a formation designed for them to draw upon each other.

Know that it is all for the care of children exposed to violence, and to give support to their families.

Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. envisioned just such a scenario and on Wednesday he announced a program put together to make it real. The Network for Overcoming Violence and Abuse – or NOVA – already has begun providing services in neighborhoods within six zip codes in the Hickory Hill and Raleigh-Frayser areas. That's where data has shown high incidences in which children experience violence at home or are the victims or witnesses of crime.

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TSD extends nominations for 2012 Men of Excellence

Last month, The New Tri-State Defender, the Mid-South's leading source of news, politics, entertainment and lifestyle information from the African-American perspective, announced the opening of nominations for its fourth annual Men of Excellence Reception and Awards Celebration.

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Yes vote urged on county sales tax increase

votefortaxincreaseLeaders representing a coalition of civic organizations stepped up Wednesday (Oct. 10) to voice support for the ½ cent county sales tax increase.

Participating organizations at a Wednesday afternoon press conference at 160 S. Hollywood included Stand for Children, the Shelby County Democratic Party, the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center, Latino Memphis, Fight Crime Invest in Kids, and Our Kids Our Future.

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BRIEFS & THINGS: NAACP launches 'Come Home to the NAACP'

The Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has launched its fall membership campaign called "Come Home to the NAACP."

The civil rights and human rights organization is calling on churches, social and civic organizations to join its annual harvest of NAACP memberships and bring them to the "Membership Lay Down."

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‘Growing the Garden of Hope, One Seed at a Time’

The South Memphis Alliance (SMA) is hosting an annual event, The Unity Dinner, this Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8pm at the Family Life Youth Center located at 369 G.E. Patterson Avenue, behind Temple of Deliverance.

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‘Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity’ stops in Memphis

Education reform will be at the core of an interactive forum that will feature a panel discussion and a special screening of the film "Won't Back Down" on Wednesday (Oct. 10).

The event unfolds from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Malco Paradiso at 584 South Mendenhall. It's part of Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity, a cross-country tour to discuss education reform in local communities, highlight the important role the business community must play, and encourage local leaders to become a catalyst for change.

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Freedom Award winner: ‘Still in the movement’

bernard lafayette jrDr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. – the 2012 National Freedom Award winner – knows that Memphis is special, set apart by some of the contributions made here to the civil rights movement.

"Many people look at Memphis in sort of a morbid way because Martin Luther King was taken away from us on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, but it could have been anywhere," said Dr. Lafayette, who will be in Memphis on Oct. 16 for the annual Freedom Award event hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum.

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Concerns linger over shooting by off-duty cop

shootingprotestBy the numbers, it wasn't much of a protest. Two people – a husband and wife – bearing signs that voiced anger and concern over the recent shooting death of 15-year-old Justin Thompson by off-duty Memphis Police Department (MPD) officer Terrance Shaw.

MPD Director Tony Armstrong, who has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, to examine the shooting, has said Shaw apparently was responding to an armed robbery attempt. Shaw was suspended with pay, pending the TBI results.

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City of Memphis, D.A.’s office and Grizzlies form mentoring team

The City of Memphis on Wednesday (Oct. 3) launched the Mayor's Mentoring Initiative in partnership with the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office and the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation.

As part of the initiative, city employees will be encouraged to serve as mentors to area youth, either through the District Attorney's Mentoring Program or with one of the organizations that participates in the Grizzlies Mentoring Alliance.

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‘I’m Mr. William Larsha ... I will be teaching you ...’

williamlarsha-1Mr. William Larsha Sr. was a walking library of love on fire to find, create, shape and disseminate information to help, strengthen and bolster the opportunities of the African-American community. To call him a political activist doesn't do him justice. The man had many ways to lead you to consider and challenge your own thoughts and viewpoints.

I can proudly say this because in my own quest to try to write something that would be one day useful for others, Mr. Larsha was perhaps the first living influence upon my goals. I will never forget the moment I met him. To this very day, I model my teaching time with my nephews in the same manner he taught my classmates and I.

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