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District 7 Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer chose to announce her decision to run for mayor of Memphis first in The New Tri-State Defender last week. Since then, Sawyer has formally unveiled her candidacy at Makeda's Cookies' downtown and followed that with a rally at historic Clayborn Temple on Saturday. With incumbent...
Standing against an eclectic backdrop of women supporters with signs and boisterous cheers, Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer amplified on her decision to seek the mayor’s office during a Thursday morning press conference. Makada’s Cookies, a downtown cookie shop whose specialty is old-fashioned, home-made butter cookies, was the setting for...
There are a lot of reasons why you might not be able to make it to a Shelby County Commission meeting. Work. Family obligations. Classes. Church responsibilities. That’s why County Commission Chairman Van Turner Jr. is launching a brand new podcast called “The Chairman’s Perspective” on the Memphis-based Kudzukian Network. Co-hosted...
Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer has made the decision. She is running for mayor, taking a “social leadership stance.” The first-term District 7 representative will “expound on plans to drive progress and change and broaden impact for Memphis” during a press conference at Makeda’s Homemade Cookies, 488 S. 2nd St.,...
Proclaiming that “choice is good” when it comes to education, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday proposed creating a voucher program for students from low-income families and said he will support legislation to make it easier to open high-quality charter schools. He also asked lawmakers to approve a 2.5 percent...
“Nobody can do this for us but us.” To Dr. Wes Bellamy, a city councilman from Charlottsville, Va., that statement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the rendezvous point for picking up where King left off in the fight for social justice for all. “We are in very serious times,”...
The Sage Restaurant was abuzz Friday night with Tennessee Regional Black Millennial Convention members, who came out to meet and greet each other in the kickoff of Memphis’ first gathering of the organization. The convention -- dubbed the “Black Millennials Unbossed & Unapologetic Summit” -- was designed to shift into...
One asks for the chance to keep momentum going. Another asks for a chance to pick up where he left off years ago. And, still another, well, that sentence can’t quite be completed, yet. The election of the next Memphis mayor is still several months away. The buzz, however, is picking up...
Looking for something exciting to do this Friday and Saturday? How about a crash course in grassroots community organizing and politics? It’s available Friday and Saturday at the Tennessee Regional Black Millennial Convention’s “Black Millennials Unbossed & Unapologetic Summit” that kicks off with a Friday banquet from 7-10 p.m. at...
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By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer Several Democratic presidential candidates are embracing reparations for the descendants of slaves — but not in the traditional sense. Over the past week, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro spoke of the...