Archive for the ‘Civil Rights’ Category

              It’s the time of year when we pause to remember people and groups that we tend to take for granted. The University of Memphis is at the top of our list this year. Apparently, it’s a message that we were not supposed to miss. First, we were reminded […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Civil Rights | November 21st, 2016 12:30am CDT | No Comments

          We were wrong in our concern about the slippery slope of policies created by President-elect Donald Trump. It’s more of an avalanche. Already, there is talk about religious registries, use of torture in violation of the war crimes pacts, reversal of civil rights protections, stop and frisk in African American […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | November 2nd, 2016 12:55am CDT | 1 Comment

The long-awaited film about the Memphis Invaders was shown last night, and anyone alive in Memphis in 1968 remembers the impact that they had during the civil rights movement that culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. coming to Memphis in support of sanitation workers.  The following post was published March 30, 2008:     […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | October 25th, 2016 12:25am CDT | 3 Comments

                The soon-to-be-ending (mercifully) presidential campaign has been marked with more bizarre events and comments than any in memory, but the strangest thing about it from our perspective is the way a significant percentage of white men consider themselves victims of discrimination and a system stacked against them. […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Poverty | October 6th, 2016 12:57am CDT | No Comments

                  If you care about the children of Memphis and Shelby County, you have to care about criminal justice reform. That’s because no one pays a heavier price for longer sentences and mass incarceration than the youngest people in this community. As we wrote in our post […]

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                    There are many special places and experiences unique to Memphis, but at the top of our list is the National Civil Rights Museum. I was present at the creation, developing the plan for city and county political support and funding and negotiating the contract with […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Downtown Revitalization | September 19th, 2016 12:20am CDT | 1 Comment

                        It was 1986 and the betting on a proposed civil rights museum in Memphis was that it would never be built. It was caught in the snare of racial politics in Memphis, and if it were not for Ned McWherter, the son of […]

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                            The following article was written by a favorite Memphis economist of ours, David Ciscel, former Chair of the Economics Department, Associate Dean of Fogelman School of Business, Dean of the Graduate School, and Senior Consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | July 13th, 2016 12:53am CDT | 1 Comment

The following is the condensed sermon from last Sunday by Rev. Dr. Stephen Montgomery of Idlewild Presbyterian Church.  As usual, he puts the events of recent days into a faith-based context that inspires and enlightens: One day a man asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  He didn’t ask “What is going […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Poverty | July 8th, 2016 4:24pm CDT | 3 Comments

                And the cycle begins anew.  Or, maybe, in truth, it never stopped. The toxic stew of guns, racism, injustice, and anger continues to poison America, and we appear to lack the resolve, the political will, and the honesty to confront it directly and courageously. Maybe this time […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Poverty, Taxation | October 1st, 2015 12:42am CDT | Comments Off on “Free Stuff” Comments Free Of The Facts

                  It’s been obvious that some presidential candidates are tone deaf to the meaning of the Black Lives Matter movement, but recent comments by Jeb Bush that African Americans are motivated to support Democrats because of the lure of “free stuff” while he is offering them  the […]

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              It’s hard to think of a discussion that’s more important to the future of Memphis than the one taking place tomorrow: it’s about City of Memphis’ plan to reduce poverty by 10 points in 10 years. The “National Conversation on Prosperity,” being held from 8 a.m. until 3 […]

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Often, in the midst of the diatribes by opponents of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, it is difficult to remember that the (Protestant) Bible has 31,173 verses and 807,361 words. After all, opponents to equal marriage rights are obsessed with about six verses and a couple of hundred words whose interpretations are arguable […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Livability, Uncategorized | June 18th, 2015 1:34pm CDT | 4 Comments

We received the following post from Matthew Timberlake in the wake of the murderous evil that took place last night at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. : By Matt Timberlake You know what you can do to end racism? You can stop it. You can make a decision, staring at your unshaven, unwashed face […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | April 3rd, 2015 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Dr. King’s Crafts of Freedom

Our friend, Rhodes College associate professor of English Scott Newstok, has written the following article posted at Chapter 16 about Dr. Martin Luther King’s rhetorical gifts and the roots that run deep into his readings of the great philosophers, theologians, and thinkers.  As we approach the anniversary of Dr. King’s death, it’s a reminder of […]

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              The protest in Memphis following the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, was not one of Memphis’s finest hours. It wasn’t the protesters that created the negativity.  Rather, it was the hysteria that surrounded the protest by many in the community whose reactions reminded us how close to […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Taxation | November 3rd, 2014 12:53am CDT | 7 Comments

            We’re urging anyone who understands that constitutions are not amended for political opportunism and the political whims of the day to vote against Amendment 1 and 3. Amendment 1 is an intrusion of big government into the private lives of Tennesseans, specifically women’s health issues.  It’s the political extremism […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Education | August 8th, 2014 12:10am CDT | Comments Off on Study: Family and Money, Not Education, Are Keys to Getting Ahead

From Morning Edition: Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead Listen to the Story Morning Edition Education is historically considered to be the thing that levels the playing field, capable of lifting up the less advantaged and improving their chances for success. “Play by the rules, work hard, apply […]

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