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Short news items from around the community Domestic Violence HealthWalk set to honor area nurses

The Motley Initiative Against Domestic Abuse (MIADA) Campaign to end Domestic Violence will host its third monthly “Taffi 2-K HealthWalk” on, May 14, at Oak Court Mall, starting at 10 a.m.

The HealthWalk brings survivors of domestic abuse, their friends and supporters together for an experience featuring a Yoga class, healthy snacks, sisterhood, and a major donation of items to the Abused Women’s Shelters in Memphis and Shelby County.

This month’s HealthWalk will recognize the work of area nurses. Taffi T. Crawford was a nurse and mother killed on Valentine’s Day weekend 2010 in a domestic violence incident at the Delta Medical Center. In her honor, the nurses at Methodist-South Hospital have taken the lead in collecting items for the Women’s Shelters, and have supported the MIADA year-long campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and teen dating violence.

Officials from the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office have participated in each of the previous HealthWalks at Oak Court.

May 9-14 is National Nurses Week, and the HealthWalk recognizes the role of nurses in helping patients, especially women who may be victims of abuse. MIADA also supports single mothers who are raising young sons, and will register young men for a summer mentoring event at the National Civil Rights Museum. Both activities are free.

For more information, call 901-336-2399, or log on to www.the110institute.com.

Habitat for Humanity info session planned

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will host three homeowner orientations for individuals and families interested in becoming Habitat homeowners on Friday, May 20 at noon and 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

The sessions will be held at Memphis Habitat’s new offices at 7136 Winchester Road in Memphis and should last about an hour.

At the meetings, interested families can learn more about the Habitat program and begin the process of applying to become Habitat partner families. Qualified Habitat applicants are individuals who have steady income and passable credit but are unable to qualify for a conventional mortgage. Habitat partner families must live in substandard housing and have a demonstrated need for adequate housing. They also must qualify as first-time homebuyers, meaning they’ve either never owned a home or haven’t in the past three years.

“The Habitat for Humanity program is designed to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for local families who would not normally be able to purchase a home. But, many people in the Mid-South still don’t understand the Habitat program or realize they really can become homeowners,” said Dwayne Spencer, executive director of Memphis Habitat. “These meetings will help interested families learn about the program and the requirements for eligibility. If they’re not currently eligible, we can explain how they can work toward that.”

For more information about the homeowner application drive, call Tracy Buckley at 901-761-4771, ext. 208 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CNN’s Martin at LOC graduation

Nationally syndicated columnist Roland S. Martin will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming commencement ceremony of The LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC). The 141st Convocation for the Conferral of Baccalaureate Degrees will be held on Saturday, (May 14) at 10 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church-Westwood located at 620 Parkrose Ave. in Memphis.

LOC President Johnnie B. Watson said, “Roland S. Martin is a credible and celebrated journalist throughout this country and the world. We are delighted that he has graciously agreed to attend the LeMoyne-Owen Convocation Services as keynote speaker to address our students, alumni, parents, College family, and the community.”

Greater Faith Tabernacle Community Outreach Day

Greater Faith Tabernacle will host its “Getting Families Together” Community Outreach Day on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 904 East Shelby Drive at Fairfield.

The event will feature food, dental cleaning, a blood drive, gospel singing and a carnival for kids.

For more information, call 346-4429 or 345-9959. The host pastor is the Rev. Orlester Johnson.

New Salem Baptist gears up for May 14-15 events

A special prayer breakfast and a musical extravaganza are on tap for New Salem Baptist Church on the weekend of May 14-15.

The Men of New Salem Prayer breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. May 14 in the Victory Banquet Hall at the church at 2237 South Parkway East. The theme is “Men of Faith and Favor” and the donation is $10.

On May 15, the Musical Extravaganza – a free event – begins at 7 p.m.

The host pastor is the Rev. Dr. Frank E. Ray.

Mt. Zion Taska sets homecoming program

Mt. Zion Taska Missionary Baptist Church in Byhalia, Miss., will celebrate its Annual Homecoming Celebration at 2:30 p.m. on May 22 at the church in the Cayce Community area.

This year’s theme is “If this was my last homecoming program, how would I celebrate it?” The requested donation is $5.

The host pastor is the Rev. Brandon Blake. For more information, call Dorothy Todd at 662-851-4054 or Geneva Todd at 662-851-7672.

Whosoever Will Ensemble to celebrate its first year

The Whosoever Will Ensemble will celebrate its First Year Anniversary on Sunday, June 19 at First Baptist Church Lauderdale at 682 Lauderdale St.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Special guests include the Rev Eric Lowell Winston Sr, who will preach the anniversary sermon at 3 p.m. His congregation – Mt. Zion Baptist Church – and others will be present.

William H. Salley is the founder and director of the Ensemble, with Kelli Still now serving as president. The host pastor is the Rev. Dr. Noel G. L. Hutchinson Jr.

The last majorette showdown of the season is set for Saturday, May 14, at the Orange Mound Community Center, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Cost: 7 per person, with ages three and under in for free.

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