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Faith in Action Memphis Cleanup 2014

cleanup 600Faith in Action Memphis Cleanup 2014, which Mayor A C Wharton Jr. hopes will be the city's largest cleanup ever, was unveiled at press conference at City Hall on Monday.

The event, aimed at fighting blight and beautifying Memphis, will take place April 25-27 at sites throughout the city. The collaborative effort involves the mayor's office, Memphis City Beautiful, and a host of business, community and faith-based organizations.

"We became involved in this event because, as a faith-based entity, we believe in doing everything in our power to make Memphis better for all of us," said Pastor Brandon Walker, project director of Shepherding the Next Generation, a group comprised of more than 200 local pastors of different faiths.

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Memphis plans ‘community conversation’ on improving schools, closing the achievement gap

NLC 600WASHINGTON, D.C. – Memphis plans to partner with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the U.S. Dept. of Education to hold a "community conversation" to discuss strategies to advance learning, enhance student engagement and improve schools.

Three goals for cities to focus on – early childhood education, afterschool and postsecondary attainment – were outlined Monday in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NLC and the Dept. of Education. The MOU was unveiled at NLC's Congressional City Conference in Washington.

"We understand that increasing our educated workforce in specific areas directly improves Memphis' economic future," said Mayor A C Wharton Jr. "This partnership with the City of Memphis, the National League of Cities, the Department of Education and America's Promise with support from AT& T will assist the City of Memphis in creating pathways to prosperity for more of our citizens."

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The LeMoyne-Owen College reaches out to Victory University students

LO 600Counselors from financial aid, enrollment, records, athletics and each academic division will be on hand Wednesday, March 12 at 6.p.m. to provide information on how to successfully transition from Victory University to an institution of their choice.

The campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College, 807 Walker Ave., will be the venue Wednesday (March 12th) for the Tips to Transitioning session, with faculty and staff set to deliver critical information on how to make a smooth transfer from Victory University.

Citing a financial problem, Victory University last week announced that it would close its doors when the spring semester is over. It reportedly has about 1,600 students.

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Rufus’ daughters set for a Memphis music bow

Thomas 600Memphis music icon Rufus Thomas would be particularly wild and proud of this year's "Emissaries of Memphis Music."

Thomas' daughters, Carla Thomas and Vaneese Thomas, are among the honorees who will be saluted during the 2014 Emissaries of Memphis Music Awards on March 20th at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway.

Hosted by the Memphis Music Commission, the event begins at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Memphis Musicians Healthcare Plan, which provides no cost access to Medical Care for Memphis Musicians.

 

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State of bicycling has Memphis riding high

bicycling 600All the miles of new bicycle infrastructure that the City of Memphis has constructed since 2010 would get you within about 17 miles of Jackson, Tenn.

According to the 2014 State of Bicycling Report, 71.15 miles of new bicycle infrastructure was created over the three-year period, a 114 percent increase of dedicated space for persons using bicycles, mostly along Memphis streets. The report was released on Friday.

"One way in which we keep Memphis competitive is by providing choices for our residents," said Mayor A C Wharton Jr. "In transportation, we've traditionally left the automobile as the only way to move around the city, but in just a short period of time, we've shown that with a little creativity and direction, Memphis can offer the same, if not better, amenities as any modern city."

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Three chances to hear Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson

johnson 600Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson – an educator, political scientist and pan-Africanist – has lectured extensively in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean and is a widely sought after expert on special education and the impact on black children.

Memphis-area residents are being presented with three chances to hear Dr. Abdullah-Johnson live.

Local activists and scholars will gather to hear Abdullah-Johnson offer his professional opinion on why black children represent the dominate population of public school special education programs on Saturday (March 8th) at 12:30 p.m. at Masjid Al-Mu'minun located at 4412 S. Third Street.

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Here’s What’s Happening!

Myron-Mays-160After days of bone-chilling temperatures and a wintry mix that made getting in and out of our cars an adventure, it's time for the weekend. Here are some happenings for those ready to unwind

Friday Night Live

RBS Entertainment presents Friday Night Live; Hype Life Edition on Friday, March 7th at the Blues Belt Event Center at 3468 Casino Way in Tunica, Miss. Open mic and live music entertainment provided by Concrete Soul and Zero Gravity. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Sundays Best auditions

Do you have talent? Can you set the church on fire on Sunday mornings? Then you could be the next Gospel sensation.

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MATA carries record number of bikes in 2013

matabikeride 600It happened 24,096 times during 2013. That's how many times a bike rider strapped his or her bike on the front of a MATA bus to continue a journey.

MATA provided the figures Thursday (March 7th). They reflect a nearly eight percent increase over the prior year.

"It is impossible for MATA to have service up and down every street in the community both from a time and expense perspective," said Tom Fox, MATA's interim president and general manager. "The 'Bike and Ride' commuter is someone who wants to take advantage of public transportation but isn't necessarily within walking distance to a bus stop either from their point of origin or destination. With bike racks on every bus, we are able to safely and conveniently accommodate that customer.

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‘The Education Before the Education’

lougossett 600When Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. spoke Tuesday evening (Feb. 25th) at the University Center Theatre at the University of Memphis, he spoke from the topic, "The Education Before the Education."

Co-sponsored by the Student Event Allocation, Gossett's address covered such topics as progress and issues concerning race. He provided the audience with insight and wisdom, a characteristic of someone who's learned from his experiences.

And Gossett has quite a bit of experience under his belt. For example, in 1953, when he was 16 years old, he landed his first major role in the Broadway play "Take A Giant Step." He beat out 400 other aspiring actors, which launched his career.

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Former TSD sports editor played in Negro Baseball League

billlittlememphis 600The type of people that William Otis "Bill" Little knew and befriended could easily become the topic of conversation around the water cooler, perhaps because many of them were reputed for their achievements in sports and education.

But those who knew Little would consider him to have been just as accomplished in both fields as his distinguished friends.

Little was the sports editor for the Tri-State Defender for more than 50 years, an educator, basketball coach and sports official. He also played in the Negro Baseball League for the Memphis Red Sox and the Kansas City Monarchs as a catcher from 1952 to 1957.

 

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Government Procurement Vendor Fair

AlandasDobbins 600In 2011, President Barack Obama launched StartUp America, a White House initiative targeted to increase entrepreneurship throughout the nation. Since its debut, Memphis government and business leaders have focused and dedicated resources and energy to augment entrepreneurship education and support.

To continue such efforts, the city of Memphis has partnered with the Memphis Office of Resources and Enterprise (MORE) to host the Government Procurement Vendor Fair on March 12th at The Lemoyne-Owen College. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Business owners will have the opportunities to network with local and federal government agencies as well as learn how to obtain resources available to improve their business internally and externally.

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Mayor embraces White House grant to address rape kit backlogs

rapekitwharton 600President Obama's FY15 budget includes $35 million to aid local efforts to address rape kit backlogs, with Mayor A C Wharton Jr. labeling it the most significant federal support yet.

"I applaud the Obama administration for recognizing the urgency of addressing the backlog of untested sexual assault kits across the country, and their willingness to provide $35 million in funds to help local communities with the many aspects of work necessary to navigate this issue," said Wharton.

Memphis has over 12,000 untested rape kits – a "systematic failure" that represents "justice denied" Wharton said last month, announcing plans for a cross-functional team with representatives from law enforcement and legal and victim advocate groups to address the rape kit-testing debacle.

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Kellogg’s makes its case

kelloggsLogo 600Representatives from the Kellogg Company have not made themselves available for questions from The New Tri-State Defender despite calls to get the company's viewpoint about the protracted labor dispute with members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union, Local 252G.

In a letter to employees dated Feb. 28th, Marty Carroll, senior vice president of KNA Supply Chain, and Chris Rook, Memphis plant manager, acknowledged the workers' frustration and disappointment and called it understandable.

"We are frustrated, too. It is deeply concerning to Kellogg that employees who have given so many years of quality service to this Company are not currently on the jobs in which you have served us so well. We want nothing more than a resolution to these negotiations so we can all get back to the important work of moving this plant forward, together. You have a choice in this matter, and we hope you choose to return to work."

 

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