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Marching back to Mississippi

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Those of us who were in Mississippi to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer know very well none of it could have unfolded in the way it did without the quiet and courageous leadership of Robert Moses and David Dennis. 
 
Bob, a Harlem-born son of a janitor and graduate of Hamilton College, had studied philosophy at Harvard. He left a job teaching mathematics at New York City’s private Horace Mann School to work for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and in 1961 began leading a voter registration project in Mississippi, where voting was a white sport with no or few blacks allowed to play in many counties.

Use of arrest records at heart of class action suit against U.S. Census Bureau

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Did the U.S. Census Bureau unlawfully screen out approximately 250,000 African-Americans from temporary jobs for the 2010 census?
 
That’s the assertion in a class action lawsuit certified by a New York federal court on Monday (July 1st), the eve of the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Right Act of 1964.
 
U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas’ 61-page opinion ensures that the lawsuit, pursued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, will go forward as a class action on behalf of African-American job applicants who were denied Census Bureau employment because of its criminal background check policy.
Filed in April 2010, the lawsuit alleges that in hiring nearly a million temporary workers, most of whom went door to door seeking information from residents, the Census Bureau erected unreasonable, largely insurmountable, hurdles for applicants with arrest records – regardless of whether the arrests were decades old, for minor charges, or led to criminal convictions.

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

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Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.

FRIDAY
 
Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular
9pm | Riverside
 
Southaven’s July 4th Celebration
7:30pm | 6285 Snowden Lane

McLemore & College: ‘Where do we go from here?’

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The music industry ebbs and flows affecting – directly and indirectly – the lives of succeeding generations through an eclectic mix of genres, including R&B, blues, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, country and more. Memphis’ contributions to the industry’s evolution reflect a noteworthy flow via hometown record labels such as Sun, Ardent, Hi, and Stax, just to name a few. 
 
During my childhood in the late fifties, I grew up listening to Otis Redding and the Bar-Kays of the Stax era. When Otis and nearly all of the Bar-Kays – with the exception of Ben Cauley – perished in a plane crash over Madison, Wis., I was tremendously impacted. It was a sad time in the music industry.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center to operate West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has been awarded a $3.1 million contract to operate the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center (WTRFC) and the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office.
 
Under the contract, which was approved in June by the Shelby County Commission and went into effect July 1, UTHSC will provide a range of services. They include: