Friday, July 10, 2020

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I was an accidental racist; here’s how not to be one

by Joe Paiva -- Federal News Network -- Two years ago, I retired after a 30-year career split evenly between the military, government service and private industry.  Those who know me best will say that I had my fair share of faults, but intentional bigotry...

ANALYSIS: The need for a new model to advance Memphis

by Mesha Crump -- Public safety as we recognize it stands to be forever changed as protests in close to 150 American cities ignited in response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Communities, activists, city leaders, social...

iMOM: Responding to the need for change

by Brittany Holst -- Six months into 2020 and many people are already feeling like this is the worst year of this millennium. As a nation, we have dealt with the effects of COVID-19, including death and loss of jobs. Adding to the stress, the nation...

Growing beyond Passover to God’s creation

Go outside today. Plant a garden. Take a deep breath. Honor God’s creation, for the first time or anew. Amid unspeakable pain, suffering and death, all of nature is showing signs of healing, largely because humans – responsible for the care of God’s creation –...

Meet the black Republican woman trying to unseat civil rights icon John Lewis

by  K. Barrett Bilali -- Zenger News/Urban Division -- Angela Stanton-King has overcome being separated from her newborn daughter after giving birth in prison and re-entering society without a job or income. Now she has a new set of challenges as a black Republican running in an...

Defining collective trauma and confronting it

by Ayan Ajanaku --  Whether it be war, famine, slavery or genocide, the history of human peoples throughout the world is not without its fair share of violence and trauma. Whether you or your forefathers have been on the receiving or giving end of that trauma,...

County Mayor’s ‘Wheel Tax’ budget a nonstarter for commissioners, constituents

 by Commissioners Eddie S. Jones Jr. and Edmund Ford Jr. -- In April, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris proposed a budget that included an increase in the despised wheel tax and lots of spending, such as $24 million in operations and $64 million to build...

Highlighting the massive expansion of the Shelby County Health Department

by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris --  Right now, Shelby County is making a significant investment to protect our public health. Two weeks ago, the County Commission approved our request to add 141 new positions in the Shelby County Health Department, new positions that will...

LOC’D IN WITH LOC: During the pandemic, LOC alumni must ‘up the ante’ in giving

by Dr. James. J. Bishop --  During this unprecedented time, colleges and universities all across our nation are in transition, and are planning and preparing for what’s ahead. LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) is doing the same. Even now, the faculty and administration are preparing for impending...

TSD Flash!: Local protesters, supporters push forward for ‘justice’

by Karanja A. Ajanaku and Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell -- “If you want protests to stop, stop the injustice,” said the Rev. Dr. Earle J. Fisher. “Protests are the response to the injustice. So, as long as there is injustice, you can expect protests.” Fisher, senior...