Sunday, February 28, 2021

Community

by Amy Weirich -- We had never met, but I would know her face anywhere. Kind smile. Quiet. Polite. Sad. I felt the sadness when I walked in the room and introduced myself. She carries that everywhere and always will.  Her granddaughter...
As day gave way to night on Monday, there was no give in the grip of the winter storm that has the Greater Memphis area braving single-digit temperatures and multi-inch fallen snow and ice. Officially, a winter-storm warning still was...
Keenly aware that construction on the proposed Byhalia Pipeline was projected to begin this month, participants Monday afternoon on a virtual ZOOM protest signaled their continuing resolve to stop the venture altogether. A key Memphis City Council resolution regarding the...
Last year was going to be a red-letter year for blood donations. Sororities, fraternities, schools, colleges and corporate partners supporting employees in community projects all had blood drives scheduled to replenish the local blood bank. However, before the first quarter of...
Can you really raise money without fundraising staff? Yes, it’s done all the time and has been for a long time.  We asked Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. what to consider when building an all-volunteer fundraising effort.  He shared, “I...
by Curtis Weathers -- The tug of war between Governor Bill Lee and the two largest school systems in the state, Memphis Shelby County Schools and Nashville Metro Public Schools, has been at least halfway resolved.  Metro Nashville Superintendent Dr....
A delayed Shelby County Commission vote on the sale of property being sought for the proposed Byhalia Pipeline reflects the ongoing controversy associated with the project. On Monday (Feb. 8), commissioners delayed a scheduled vote on whether to sell two...
"I'm sure at least one person you know owns a T-Shirt," Chima Onwuka stated in regards to a recent T-Shirt campaign launched by his non-profit organization, Grind City Cares. Grind City Cares is a local non-profit organization that provides essential...
The Memphis-area observance this week of Transit Equity Day in the U.S. brought together myriad groups and individuals united by a shared belief in the need for adequate funding of the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA). Transit Equity Day served...
Investments in Black-led institutions in the late 1960’s and 1970’s continue to bear fruit to this day. The story of Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. shows how investing in Black-led organizations and institutions – and training their staff...