A strategic plan helps a new group president put a stamp on the course he or she has in mind. This week, the Rev. Keith Norman, the new president of the Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), rolled out his.
Dubbed the "5 Game Changers for the 21st Century," Norman's plan comes as the Memphis Branch NAACP pushes forward with its annual fundraising campaign, the Freedom Fund Gala, which takes place March 20 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.
Norman, senior pastor of First Baptist Church-Broad, has taken over the NAACP reigns held for 11 years by Dr. Warner Dickerson.
Bloomfield Baptist Church will conduct a prayer vigil at the Criminal Justice Center, 201 Poplar, from 10:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday (Feb. 2).
"Hands Around 201 Poplar" – year two – is to send the message inside and outside of the city's lockup that a wholistic approach must be included, if American society is to stem the plague of violence dominating the news daily.
"We are doing this to declare a moratorium on crime for the month of February," the church's pastor, the Rev. Ralph White, said. "As people of faith, we are asking others who believe that prayer can make great changes to come join us to pray for the inmates, law enforcement personnel and the innocent throughout this city."
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The TSD – in partnership with New America Media (NAM) and other media collaborators – are presenting this essay contest opportunity. The deadline has been extended and now is set for Feb. 11. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by then, and all entries are subject to the contest's Official Rules.
Two hours before State Rep. Larry Miller and the Tennessee Black Caucus that he chairs were scheduled to meet with Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday, Miller (D-88) provided an insider's view of the road ahead for the state's African-American lawmakers.
The backdrop for his reflections included two key elements: the GOP's supermajority voting strength; and apprehension within some political circles that the 108th General Assembly will bring harsh decisions for Shelby County's African-American population.
Turkeesa Helton, an 8th grade Language Arts teacher, is working during her planning period at Bellevue Middle School dressed in a plaid shirt, necktie and argyle socks as part of Tacky Day for Homecoming Week.
Her willingness to participate in the school's activities isn't the only reason students may think she's pretty cool.
Her Tripod scores say so.
Irma Morgan Moore's family and friends respect her ability to make sound decisions. So after Moore decided to retire from her job as a nurse circulating through Memphis City Schools, more than 100 of them gathered at Precious Moments Banquet Hall to honor her and acknowledge her choice.
"I was assigned and traveled to three or more schools a day," said Moore, a traveling nurse who was assigned to schools from Collierville to Millington. "It was good experience. I was able to bond with the children and I knew that I was helping them."
It is unrealistic to think that most resolutions made in January will be fulfilled by the end of the year. A new month has already begun, and old habits, I'm sure, will return. We set goals, but aren't motivated enough to see them through.
We fall short of our goals because we don't know how to get there. We desire to achieve positive results without concentrating on the means necessary to attain them. This is especially true for people who have declared this to be the year they will eat healthy and lose weight.