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August 11 - 17, 2011


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Danny Glover


Freedom Awards: bigger, better


NCRM expands lineup for 20th Anniversary


seum’s brain trust has decided to ex- pand the lineup for the prestigious FreedomAwards as themuseumnotes its 20thAnniversary. Last year’s visit by the Dalai Lama


Honoring ‘The Help’…


Two Memphis actresses – Millicent Bolton (second from left) and and Flo Roach (center) are cast members in the movie “The Help.” Both were honored Wednesday night during a “Red Carpet” private showing at the Paradiso Malco Theatre, 584 South Mendenhall. Event proceeds will benefit the RISE Foundation of Memphis. See related story in Arts & Leisure, page 12. (For more photos of Wednesdayʼs affair, visit www.tristatedefender.com.) (Photo by Shirley Jackson)


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• How to discuss the UK riots – without getting burned See Opinion page 4


• Rochelle Stevens puts focus on health and wellness. See Business & Economics, page 6.


• Trip to hospital filled with ‘benefits’ See Community, page 14.


• New pastor is familiar face at Pentecostal Temple COGIC. See Religion, page 8.


• Novel chronicles ‘Deacons’ who came before Panthers See Religion page 8


School maze


eral court judges’ ruling declared that the makeup of the Shelby County Schools board is unconsti- tutional, a special county schools meeting drew a packed house on Wednesday (Aug. 10). And on Thursday, Shelby County


Commission members were sched- uled to meet to move ahead on pre- senting U.S. Dist. Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays with their version of a seven-district countywide school board. Uncertain at press time was just how such a version of a board would get its members. Special election? Interim ap-


• There’s a new Spider-Man in town. See Arts & Leisure, page 10.


MEMPHIS WEEKEND FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY


ternoon on a lawsuit that called into question the consolidation of Mem- phis and Shelby County public schools. He ruled consolidation was on a sound legal track for the fall of 2013, as carved out by a new state law shepherded by state Sen. Mark Norris and state Rep. Curry Todd, both Republicans from Col-


SEE SCHOOL ON PAGE 13


sider a maze that Shelby County Schools board members, their Memphis City Schools counter- parts, administrators, parents, teachers, students and other stake- holders are trying to work through as the first days of the 2012 aca- demic year unfold. Mays’ ruling came Monday af-


pointments? A regular election next year? It’s all part of what some con-


Tri-State Defender staff Two days after a 146-page fed-


Book bags, school supplies and even laptop computers were among the prizes during the Tom Joyner Morning Show Back- to-School Celebration held on the campus of The LeMoyne- Owen College last Friday (Aug. 5). The event was sponsored by LOC, KJMS V101.1 and the City of Memphis. (Related photo on Community, page 14.) (Photo by Warren Roseborough)


• What’s the street buzz in Cordova about school consolidation? See page 13


• Balance: reading, writing, arithmetic and a good diet See page 3


• Truancy: know the law, says D.A. Weirich See page 3


Liberty Lights: Countering flames of incivility and hate with the art of conversation


New program offers free training


Scat. T-Storms H-91o - L-74o Scat. T-Storms


REGIONAL TEMPS LITTLE ROCK NASHVILLE


JACKSON, MS


Friday H-96 L-76 H-90 L-71 H-97 L-74


H-90o - L-71o H-87o


Saturday H-96 L-74 H-83 L-69 H-95 L-74


Partly Cloudy - L-67o


Sunday H-92 L-70 H-83 L-65 H-93 L-70


communications specialist and au- thor of the blog, Cultural IQ (www.theculturalcoach.typepad.co m), has launched a new initiative that provides free, safe and easy-to- use-toolkits to help everyday peo- ple powerfully combat incidents of hate, prejudice and incivility. Liberty Lights offers free training


on the art of holding powerful con- versations to members of faith-


Special to the Tri-State Defender Linda S. Wallace, a multicultural


Linda S. Wallace


journalist-turned-multicultural- communications specialist, who contributes frequently to the New


emergency. Its d a n g e r o u s flames put in- nocent lives at risks, just like wildfires, “said Wallace,


a


neighborhood organizations. “Hate is an


based institu- tions, profes- sional groups, n o n p r o f i t s , schools


and


Tri-State Defender. “Communities must create a


smart, organized response. Many wonderful organizations have per- fected the art of bringing like- minded people together. This organizes citizen first-responders to communicate with haters in public places and to create conversations that can transform people and com- munities.” The First Responder Toolkit was


developed over the past five years by an eclectic team of coaches from the far right and the far left who as- sisted Wallace as she was writing


SEE LIGHTS ON PAGE 13


to receive his Freedom Award set up as a hard act to follow, but Exec- utive Director Beverly Robert- son and staff be- lieve they have created a great follow with the event’s 2011 pro- gram. Selected honorees will in- clude 15 civil rights


with local icons whose life and work “reflect the best of the human spirit,” Robertson said. The expanded scopewas detailed at


clude Education PioneerAward recip- ient Marva Collins; Humanitarian Award, Dr. Bill Frist (former U.S. Senator, Tennessee); Pioneer Award,


SEE FREEDOMON PAGE 7


Somalia famine casts light on North Memphis’


‘Little Somalia’ by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell Special to the Tri-State Defender


chronic malnutrition is a way of life for refugees. There is never enough supplies, never enough food. Death is a familiar aspect of life in a refugee camp. Mothers lose their children and continue to hope for a better life. For nearly 800 Somali immigrants,


Memphis is akin to “the promised land.” Tribal warfare in Darfur, ethnic


Others leave after financial ruin – the drought has destroyed crops and live- stock,” said Reuben E. Brigety, who heads up the U.S. State Department’s assistance programs to African refugees. In a widely distributed public state-


drought-stricken Somalia has trig- gered widespread famine and “the worst humanitarian crisis in decades.” A mass exodus into Kenya and Ethiopia has created over-crowded refugee camps. Many die there – most of them children who do not live to see another birthday. “Some flee political oppression.


cleansing in Rwanda and the Demo- cratic Republic of the Congo, geno- cide in the Sudan. Reports of mass atrocities and carnage across the African continent stunned the world throughout the ‘90’s. But, say United Nations officials,


Fever, dysentery, measles and


press conference onWednesday. The selected national honorees in-


from around the world,


leaders paired


Russell Bill The National Civil Rights Mu-


ment, Brigety recently called America “a great nation that can do more than one thing at the same time.” The U.S. has pledged nearly $70 million in aid, despite its own economic challenges. Thousands have found a new home in America. Hundreds of thousands more still wait for rescue. Most speak no English. They must


depend on aid workers at Catholic Charities to tell their story.


SEE SOMALIA ON PAGE 5


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