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Short news items of interest from around the community ‘Silent Protest’ to bury drugs, violence and gangs

Memphis community members are urged to stand together as agents of change for a safer city and a future filled with hope and opportunity.

On Saturday (April 30), Creative Life, Incorporated, a Christian-based school, ministry and youth development organization, is staging a silent protest and mock funeral to symbolize the “burial” of drugs, violence and gangs. The event will start at 11 a.m. at Carver High School at 1591 Pennsylvania.

“Our primary goal is to support our families in their quest to live and raise children in a safe and nurturing environment,” said Carolyn Bibbs, founder/CEO, Creative Life, Inc. “Those who have lost family members to violence and citizens throughout the city would benefit greatly by attending and supporting this event.”

Protest participants will have their mouths covered with a wide strip of white tape as a symbolic memorial for the many voices that have been silenced in death by drugs, violence and gangs.

For more information, call 901-775-0304.

Deidre Malone to speak at luncheon for women business owners

The monthly meeting of the National Association of Women Business Owners Memphis will be a luncheon at The Crescent Club on Tuesday, May 10.

The meeting is open to the public and is for women business owners of any size company who want to grow their business using new and traditional public relations and marketing strategies.  May’s keynote speaker is Deidre Malone, president/CEO of The Carter Malone Group (CMG), who was recently appointed to the EDGE (Economic Development Growth Engine) board.  

This month’s program also includes community a  spotlight on Meredith Hennessy, Senior Program Manager with Seedco. The organization is a non-profit involved in workforce development in Tennessee and provides other services in various states.

Attendees will receive information on upcoming RFPs from MLGW, City of Memphis, and Shelby County Government.  The luncheon includes round-table networking.

WBEC South is a 2011 NAWBO Memphis Sponsor.  As an Affiliate Partner of NAWBO nationally, WBEC is a national third party certification agency for women business enterprises.

Stand for Children to host fourth round of Education Study Circles

Starting May 3, Stand for Children will offer a new opportunity for community residents to engage in dialogue-to-action study circles focused on public education in Memphis and Shelby County.

The study circles are open to anyone in the Greater Memphis area who would like to actively participate in individual and group efforts aimed at improving our local public schools. Study circles are peer-led discussions designed to guide citizens in dealing with community challenges and assist with identifying ways to take action in becoming a part of the solution.

“Education should be our community’s first priority. Memphis is currently recognized nationally for making great strides in education reform.  To become a top performing public school district, now is the time for our community to own the vision, and ensure that every child, teacher and principal is supported,” said Kenya Bradshaw, Memphis Director of Stand for Children.

Participation is free and registration is underway for parents, teachers, community residents and leaders. The upcoming session of Education Study Circles will take place on Tuesday nights May 3-31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church at 1000 S. Cooper in Midtown. To register, visit www.educationstudycircles.org or call 901-517-2870 for more information.

Southwest Commencement 2011 set for May 7 at DeSoto Civic Center

More than 1,700 candidates will receive associate degrees and technical certificates on Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven as Southwest Tennessee Community College observes its 2011 Commencement ceremonies.

Provost and Executive Vice President Joanne Bassett will preside, and Southwest President Nathan L. Essex will confer Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees, and Technical Certificates.

Joseph DeVivo, president of Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics and chairman of the board for the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, will be the Commencement speaker. He will be introduced by student speaker Tinisia E. Branch, president of the Honors Academy and the Service Learning Club, who will receive her Associate of Arts degree.

Additional honors to be presented include the Alumnus of the Year Award and the William W. Farris Faculty Service Award.

For more information, contact: Pat O’Brien, 901-333-4021 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,

MUDL sets Summer Debate Institute at U of M

The Memphis Urban Debate League (MUDL) will hold a summer policy debate institute at the University of Memphis. This program is being offered free of charge to any student who will be attending an MCS High School in the fall.  

Non-MCS students may also attend for a fee. The program will be held the week of July 18-22 in the Theatre and Communications Building and the Psychology Building Auditorium on the University of Memphis campus.

The program will be staffed by a group of debate coaches and college debaters from well known universities across the country. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 daily.

“During the program we will prepare the students to debate the national high-school policy debate topic for 2011-2012 which is: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth’s mesosphere,” said Dwight Fryer, league director.  

“We will not only provide instruction in research, writing, note taking, diction, analysis, critical thinking, planning, and teamwork, but we will also provide copies of core files and supplies to help the debaters get off to a great start.”

Pre-registration is required and students and their parents/guardians must complete the required registration and medical/emergency forms.  The forms and additional information will soon be available on the MUDL website:  www.memphisdebate.org.

The Memphis Urban Debate League Advisory Board is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization responsible for the strategic planning, volunteer and paid staff coordination, advocacy, supplemental fundraising and deployment of university technical expertise for the Memphis Urban Debate League (MUDL).

MUDL is active in 21 Memphis City High Schools and two Charter High Schools.  Over 270 student debaters compete in the program at two levels, junior varsity and varsity.

ESPN Academy to celebrate 10 years of after-school tutoring

The Education Scholarship Preparation Nurture Academy (ESPN) at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church will hold its first Spring Carnival on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The ESPN Academy will celebrate 10 years of providing free after-school tutoring for children living in South Memphis. Entertainment for the carnival will be provided by 901 Parties at the church located at 491 East McLemore Ave.

“Helping make sure children perform well in school is an important part of our church mission,” said ESPN Academy founder and board president Doris Hill.

“We invite the community to join us for a day of fun and celebration in support of the youth of our community.”

A $10 wristband will entitle participants to unlimited laser tag matches, access to the Bouncer, a soft drink and hot dog. Participants can also meet McGruff the Crime Dog, have their faces painted, take a chance of winning $50 while enjoying additional refreshments other prizes and entertainment.

The Rev. A. McKinley Royal is Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church pastor.

MCS ThinkShow!

The long-awaited Spring 2011 Thinkshow! is here.

Since the original ThinkShow! debuted in November of 2008, its impact and popularity has grown exponentially. But its purpose has remained the same, to teach students to think outside the book!

Standardized testing can make it more challenging for educators to fully determine the unique abilities of each student. To better measure these talents, Memphis City Schools developed Thinkshow, to give students an opportunity to excel in areas that may not be captured in the traditional school format.

Students  will showcase what they’ve learned by putting their ideas, skills and  knowledge  on  display  for  the  community. A record 13,000 community volunteers  came  forward  to  help  with  last year’s ThinkShows!

More information is available at thinkshow.org. Or, call 416-5041.


BRIEFLY: Getting Families Together and Greater Faith Tabernacle Ministries invites the community and especially religious leaders to join them from 10 a.m. to noon on April 29 for the “Victims of Abuse Summit: Resources for Spiritual Leaders.” The free seminar is designed to help individuals learn how to recognize abuse while increasing one’s knowledge on promoting domestic violence awareness, prevention, and victim recovery. The event will be at Institute for Success, 905 E. Shelby Dr. Call 345-9959 for information.

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