Champions emerge at different times, under different circumstances, and with different callings and missions, leaving an indelible imprint upon the world. Some from outside Memphis find their way here, and increasingly more so thanks to the National Civil Rights Museum and its annual Freedom Awards.
On Tuesday (Oct. 16), the Freedom Awards brigade expanded for the 2012 honorees: Legacy Award – Drs. George Jenkins, Sampson Davis and Rameck Hunt, aka "The Three Doctors"; Humanitarian Award – Marlo Thomas, actor, author, philanthropist and daughter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's founder; International Award – Dr. Muhammad Yunus, economist and banker to the poor; and National Freedom Award – Dr. Bernard Lafayette, longstanding activist for peace and nonviolence.
The National Civil Rights Museum's 2012 Freedom Award Public Forum, sponsored by International Paper, and annually hosted by Temple of Deliverance COGIC took place Tuesday (Oct 16). It provided an opportunity for students and the public to participate in this historic event.
Excitement is one of those things that will often become evident before the excited person even says a word.
The goal is to give life to an accountable personification of the street law that says "game recognizes game."
The official announcement was set for Thursday (Oct. 18). Mayor AC Wharton Jr.'s Innovation Team scheduled a press conference to introduce the members of a new street team that will go to work on helping to cut the youth violence rate.
Madeleine Taylor gave specific reasons why the Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is endorsing a countywide half-cent sales tax increase.
"The funds would be used to support pre-K," said Taylor, the organization's executive director, during a press conference at NAACP headquarters on Monday (Oct. 15.)
Members of the group's executive board surrounded Taylor. It was crafted as a show of solidarity for the half-cent tax increase that Mayor A C Wharton Jr., other elected officials, a group of ministers and a coalition of civic and community organizations have been pushing for more than a week.
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. – taking advantage of social media – has sent out word that he finds the Memphis Branch-NAACP's support of the proposed half-cent sales tax increase "heartbreaking."
"It's heartbreaking to read about Memphis' oldest and most revered civil rights organization gathered in their corporate offices on Vance Avenue to announce their support for a county-wide half-cent sales tax increase that may or may not be used to fund what is referred to as "universal pre-k education," wrote Whalum in a message widely distributed on Wednesday.
Since becoming president of the Black Business Association of Memphis, Roby S. Williams' chief goal has been to promote BBA's member businesses and provide them with full opportunities in the marketplace.
That's one of the reasons Williams chose to attend last week's New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Big StartUp "Small Business Connections: Marketing Meets Microfinancing" workshop at EmergeMemphis, a business and technology-based incubator.
Former State Sen. Kathryn Bowers says a series of actions by the local election commission amount to "shenanigans" – a point she stressed during a press conference this week (Oct. 10).
Set against a backdrop of elected Democratic officials and party surrogates, Bowers staged a call for volunteers to work as a 200-member "poll-watching brigade."