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Supt. Hopson embraces opportunity to ‘continue leading this great school district’

hopsoncontract 600“Very grateful for the board’s trust and confidence in me to continue leading this great school district” was the succinct, low-key description Shelby County Schools Supt. Dorsey Hopson used to acknowledge his two-year contract extension.
 
The Shelby County Board of Education (SCBE) approved the extension during a Special Called Business Meeting on Monday.

Blacks have not recovered from the recovery

 malveaux 600Judging from its June 18-19 meeting, the Federal Reserve is hedging its bets.  It says the U.S. economy is on the mend, but more slowly than expected.  They’ve reduced their estimate for economic growth and say that it will take a year or more to get to where we were six years ago.
 
 
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has offered a starker forecast. Expected growth for the United States is about 3 percent, a level considered “normal” and “in recovery.”  They projected something right above 2 percent earlier this year.  Now, they say the United States economy will grow at about 1.9 percent, below robust recovery, and that it will take until 2018 to get the labor market back on track.

Blind Boys of Alabama and Taj Majal

The Blind Boys of Alabama opened for Taj Majal on June 18th at the New concertreview 600Jersey State Theatre, where they easily managed to eclipse the headliner in terms of intensity and audience appeal. “Boys” is a bit of misnomer for the six-time Grammy-winning gospel group formed way back in the 1930s by 9-year-old students attending the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, located in Talledega.
 
Sadly, only a couple of the founding members are still alive, Jimmy Carter and Clarence Fountain, and the latter’s participation in concerts is limited to the extent his failing health allows. But in the early decades, the talented ensemble crisscrossed the country, often going on tour with The Blind Boys of Mississippi, with whom they would share the stage in a friendly battle of the bands. 

Black men and white women leapfrog over black women

Beginning in 1945, as a black male child, I spent my early years in a small southern town where everything was “black” and “white.”  As a black child, I blkmen 600stood on the oppressed side of the fence as I experienced the injustices imposed upon black folk by a culture of white supremacy.  But, as a male child, I stood on the oppressor’s side of the fence as I witnessed the injustices imposed upon women by a culture of male privilege.
 
While I chaffed under the oppression to which I was subjected as a black person, I was indifferent to the oppression suffered by women – an oppression that was particularly harsh on black women.  I grew up in a world where I felt wronged by a culture that asserted that I had less value and “had a place” on the lower rungs of society as a black person.  But I saw no injustice in a culture that asserted that women were on a lower rung than that upon which the men were placed.  This was true, even though I knew that the place allocated to women had fewer benefits than those allocated to men.

Confirmed: First human case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

westnile 600The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD), along with the Tennessee Department of Health, recently confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Shelby County.
 
The reported case is a forty-six year old male and the first human case confirmed in the state of Tennessee. To date, WNV has been detected in ZIP code 38107 within Shelby County. SCHD health officials urge residents to continue taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites and protecting themselves against WNV.