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At Sharpton convention, Obama slams Republicans for restricting voting

NAN 600Just a day after his speech reflecting on the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – which he credited with paving the way for his historic presidency – President Obama told modern-day civil rights activists that the gains of the last 50 years are at risk of being dismantled by Republican efforts to limit access to the ballot.

"The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago," he said in remarks at the annual convention of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in New York City.

Obama cited recent restrictive voting legislation requiring additional identification, closing polls on Sunday, and creating hurdles for overseas soldiers and married women who have changed their last names. These Republican-led changes – which, he reminded the audience, have often by inspired by explicitly partisan aims – "harm the entire country," he said.

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‘Out Of Africa’ in Memphis

art 600"Out Of Africa" – billed as an emergency of works from contemporary Africa – will begin nearly a monthlong run with an opening night reception on April 25th.

Presented by ANF Architects in conjunction with the Art Village Gallery, the show features the artwork of Ephraim Urevbu and Zeinu Mudeser.

The opening night reception will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at ANF Architects, 1500 Union Ave. The show runs through May 22nd.

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COMMUNITY IN PHOTOS

sweetiepie 60010VivianDSC 2345SaulsberryApril4DSC 2270DSC 228410fKelleyBishopBlakeDSC 2800Dr. Kennard_Brown_Recieves_Award_for_Diversity_Efforts_in_Health_Care_EducationDSC 2445DSC 2409An impromptu look at a new Beale Street entrepreneur, a civil rights icon awash amid well-wishers, a prayer warrior with a familiar face and a special guest, and a Manassas High School unity salute to the class of 1964 are among the images that reflect the Bluff City in motion.

MSO looks to score unity with ‘Rebirth of the Dream’


mso 600When cacophonic harmonies and tragic memories dance together in Memphis, they create the stage of epic proportion.

On May 16th, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will celebrate one of the world's greatest revolutionaries with melodic strands of harmony. "Rebirth of the Dream" was inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The MSO is out to use the power of music to revitalize the history, pains and victories surrounding Dr. King. The ultimate goal is to unite individuals and communities.

 

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NBMBAA symposium proves valuable for professionals out to recalibrate their reality

syposium 600Marissa Rogers, an auditor for International Paper, is not a member of the National Black Master of Business Administration Association (NBMBAA). Her attendance Thursday at the association's regional symposium was an instance of trusting her ability to discern where she needed to be.

"A friend emailed me the advertisement for this event and the mention of recalibrating your life looked interesting," said Rogers. "I'm taking what I learn from today, apply it, and look forward to where it takes me in the future."

Nearly 100 participants chose to be at the NBMBAA® Southeast Regional Symposium held at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the campus of the University of Memphis. The theme was 'The Art of Leadership – Recalibrate Your Reality: Practical Steps from the NBMBAA."

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