Greater Metro

Back to the future for Dr. Herenton

In August 2013, the Thurgood Marshall Academy will open as a Memphis Public Charter School and a helping hand for youth in the custody or care of Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court. It will have a very familiar local imprint.

"My hands – my personal and professional hands – will be all over the program in terms of day-to-day monitoring and supervision," said Dr. Willie W. Herenton, former Memphis City Schools (MCS) superintendent and Memphis' longest-serving mayor.


Peer-powered Prestige Awards salute teachers

PrestigeTeach-1by Bernadette Shinault-Davis
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

"I teach. I am leading the change," is one of the many slogans for the Memphis City School's initiative to recognize and celebrate educators who are making a difference in the Memphis City School system. Teachers nominate and vote for their colleagues based on the quality of their day-to-day contributions to teaching, learning and student achievement.

"One of the things the campaign strives to do is to bring back the prestige to the teaching profession," said Dr. Sherrish Holloman, MCS's teacher support coordinator.


‘Gas For Guns’ ambitious strike against homicides

Major players in Saturday's Gas for Guns event have high hopes for a decline in homicides and gun violence on Memphis streets. Memphis Mayor AC Wharton is particularly optimistic.

"While it is understood that one campaign like this will not rid our streets completely of gun violence, we feel that the best way to reduce this very critical issue is to hit it from all sides," said Mayor Wharton. "Together, with some of the wonderful initiatives by Memphis Police Chief Toney Armstrong and MPD, we can make our streets safer for everyone."


Carver High protest leader gets stage to tell his story

RomeroMaloneThe eleventh anniversary of a watershed in the American psyche was marked on Beale Street Tuesday by a Memphis pastor and his congregation.

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. and the New Olivet Baptist Church took their "Keeping It Real Bible Study" on the road to the Pepsi Pavilion at Beale and Third Streets. Special tribute was paid to the heroes/heroines and the thousands who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York's Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., along with the defiant passengers and crew on American Flight 93 that went down in Pennsylvania.


MCS and the Carver protest

According to this information released by Memphis City Schools, local broadcast and print media outlets reported conflicting information regarding the peaceful protest at George Washington Carver High School on Monday.

This is the update provided to "help clear up confusing elements."


LEGACY: Rev. James E. Smith

Shock and grief gripped the Union Grove Baptist Church family in Raleigh Sunday when the congregation learned that its pastor had passed after extended illness.

That news also quickly spread through the ranks of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1733 that "Rev. Smith was gone."


Best in Black Awards: A Memphis tradition is born

BIB-TE-0I've discovered two very powerful things: the actualization and birth of a long held dream/ vision and the sobering experience of a potentially deadly accident. Last Thursday (Aug. 30), I experienced both in the same evening, providing one of the most unique and inspiring combinations of clarifying moments in my 40 years of living.

The Best in Black Awards (BIB) – conceived in late 2009 –was conceptualized out of a desire to inspire a new level of pride and passion in a sleeping giant, the African-American community of Greater Memphis.


‘Gas For Guns’ aim is less ‘mean’ streets

Law enforcement in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) collected 260; Nashville boasted 260. And on Saturday, Sept. 15, a Memphis pastor and local corporate partners are hoping for an equally successful haul in an upcoming "Guns For Gas" effort.

"Too many lives have been lost because of gun violence, not just here in South Memphis, but all over this city," said the Rev. Ralph White, pastor of Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church.


Dedication yields recognition for NAACP membership workers

NAACP-member-recogntionThe success of the NAACP depends not only on services the civil rights organization renders for its constituents, but on the membership within its organization and those newly recruited.

"Our ability to speak on behalf of this community depends upon the members we bring into this organization," said Madeleine C. Taylor, executive director of the Memphis Branch NAACP. "This task has been assigned to a number of dedicated membership workers who regularly solicit NAACP memberships from their family, church, social and civic organizations."


Judge Fowlkes takes federal seat

JudgeFowlkesLong-time friends, loved ones, city officials, and judges were on hand last Friday when Chief U.S. Dist. Judge Jon McCalla administered the judicial oath to newly appointed U.S. Dist. Judge John Fowlkes Jr.

After serving five years on the Criminal Court bench, Fowlkes was appointed by President Barack Obama last year and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy left when Judge Bernice Donald was tapped to serve on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Karate taking hold at Orange Mound center

Karate-1by Tracy Sow
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Two years of hard work, practicing twice a week and learning the ancient Japanese discipline of Shotokan paid off for Orange Mound Community Center students of the Gunn's Karate- Do.

Orange Mound Community Center's director, Kristine Strickland, instructor Marcellus Gunn, students and proud parents traveled to their first karate tournament in Greenwood, Miss., winning an impressive total of: 10 first places, 5 second place, a third-place and the Grand Champion.


Wharton receives Susan Burgess Memorial Award

ACawardCHARLOTTE, N. Car. – Mayor A C Wharton Jr. on Wednesday received the Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) 2012 Susan Burgess Memorial Award here in recognition of his commitment to improving education.

Taking the stage, Wharton acknowledged the helping hand from City Councilman Myron Lowery, who nominated him. He had the crowd, which included Lowery and numerous other Memphians who made the trip for the Democratic National Convention, rolling as he said he didn't immediately open the letter that informed him he actually had won the award because he was a bit sore with Lowery and the Council at the time.


Rare but real: African-American Republicans

Miss-cast-votesAs members of the Mississippi delegation stepped into the limelight on Monday to cast their votes in what essentially was the coronation of Mitt Romney as the GOP standard bearer, Dr. Freda McKissic Bush was up front and she stood out.

Bush, a physician from Jackson, Miss., is a rarity at the Republican National Convention in storm-tinged Tampa, Fla. She's an African American – one of the few – and determined to set the record straight regarding what African-American Republicans are about. On Wednesday (Aug. 28), Bush and several colleagues spent the afternoon in the CNN news hub, where a throng of media personnel set up.