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Book fair’s message is simple: read to succeed

ceed together. On Aug. 20, the Roots and

Families that read together suc-

Wings Education Project and the Infant Mortality Force Memphis “Baby Feat Project” will sponsor a book fair with a unique twist: all the books are free. The event, called the Big Book

COMMUNITY August 11 - 17, 2011

LIVING THE LIFE I LOVE ‘Benefits’ show when you are in the ‘know’

Bonanza, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the James E. Smith Resource Center at Union Grove Church, 2285 Frayser Blvd. Chil- dren and adults will be able to se- lect the books they wish to take home with them, according to Marcy Vaughn Perkins, assistant director with the Roots andWings Education Project. Additionally, the fair will show-

case local authors who will be on hand to sign their books for atten- dees. Among the books and orga- nizations helping out and donating books are the Memphis Grizzlies, Shelby County Books from Birth, Frayser Library, Distinct Ladies Book Club and Urban Expres- sions Book store. There is no charge to get inside

the doors. The sponsors say they simply want to encourage Mem- phians to sit down in the evenings and read with children. “We want to encourage and

Rep. Cohen to host financial aid workshop

host a federal financial aid work- shop onAug. 20 at Bridges at 477 N. 5th St. The workshop will run from 10

Congressman Steve Cohen will

ill and we rushed him to the hospital fromthe bankwhere heworks. I found myself kissing this big, 48-year-old man on the forehead to assure himthat all was well as we waited for the am- bulance. I hovered around the door of the ambulance to be sure they handled him with the utmost of care and that they properly stabilized him.The para- medics were never impatient with me

believe in the power of prayer and I believe thatGod’swill forme and for others is always good. I have been blessed to have three sons who blended so well when I remarried that they are simply all mine. Today (Aug. 8),my stepson became

turn out just about any kind of way. It is especially hard to hold to this in the midst of the storm. Now, I believe that God is good. I

unknown author: “Everything that happens to us is for our benefit.” Sometimes that is hard to believe. Especially when it hurts you or someone you love. Or, when it is something that could

Recently I read a quote from an

Lucy Shaw

have three wonderful ones), was so very calm on the outside and know- ing how much she loves him, I know she was just being a brave soldier and shaking on the inside. His cousin, Larry, showed up, Bible in

I called ahead to The MED to talk to friends to let them know that he was coming. When we arrived, we were met with gracious and courteous care (not just us, but every other patient and familywas treated just as kindly.) My sweet daughter-in-law (and I

worker stood by steadfastly until we left the bank.

lance, a friend walked into the bank and held my hand and my son’s and quietly prayed with us. Another


even when I hov- ered around the door. While waiting the ambu-


hand, ready to stay for the duration. On this particular day, I had

planned to be at the bank, but my son didn’t know it.We had spoken earli- er.When he became ill, he found me and I was able to be with him, while his wife headed into town all the way from Oakland. Even though I began to pray immediately, there were mo- ments when I forgot to pray and got caught up in the drama of “what if?” But, here is my point: throughout

good effect or promotes well-being.” I am so grateful for all of the “good effects” laid out for us before we could even ask! Look for your free benefits!

home from the hospital on Wednes- day (Aug. 10).

this experience, we were surrounded by angels that we could see…the friend who prayed with us; the co- workers who prayed for us; the am- bulance drivers who were patient with us; the hospital staff who were equally patient and kind. I know that there were so many more that I did- n’t or couldn’t begin to see. The “benefits” started long before

we got up this morning and I know that they will go on into the night and every next day. Benefits only show up and become real when we ac- knowledge them. Benefit is defined as “advantage: something that has a

on Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The title is “Conquering Debt-Weaving Wealth.” The fee is $97 and space is limited to seven people ready to change their re- lationship with money. Call my office or email to sign up asasp.)

(The seminar I promised on debt is Send your questions to her by U.S. mail to: Heartworks4U, LLC; 4646 Poplar Ave. Ste 201, Memphis, TN 38117 or by You may also contact her for a free 20-minute consulta- tion.)

e-mail to lucy@heart (Check out Lucy Shaw’s website at

Lucy NOTE: My son is fine and went

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empower families to read at least 20 minutes a day,” Perkins said.

a.m. to noon and is designed to provide information about the var- ious resources available to help fi- nance education. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Edu- cation will present information about how to pay for college.And representatives from HOPE Lot- tery Scholarship will present in- formation on Tennessee financial aid. The workshop is free and open

to the public. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 901-544-4131

MIFA’s Feed the Soul event set for Oct. 6

initiated in 2008 byMIFA(Metro- politan Inter-FaithAssociation), is slated to return Oct. 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will be held at The Warehouse at 36 East G.E. Patter- son. The celebration will take place both inside the eclectic South Main district venue and on its surrounding exterior patio and grounds. Presented by SunTrust, Feed the

Feed the Soul, a public event Watch our behavior…

The Hattiloo Theatre at 656 Marshall Ave. is the setting as the J.W. Kathy Gibson Foundation presents “Ainʼt Misbe- havinʼ” during a run through Aug. 28. Subscribers who want to reserve seats should visit seat_reservations.php. To purchase tickets, visit (Courtesy photo)

Soul is expected to draw a sell-out crowd of 1,000 for a casual evening of food, friends and mu- sic. Live entertainment will in- clude the Memphis-based band WALRUS; music by “The Bell- ringer,” Stan Bell of radio station V101; Michael Jackson tribute artist Pam Caudle and “Elvis: Pieces of My Life” performed by Brian Lee Howell. General admission is $40, and

ticketsmay be purchased online at or by calling 901- 529-4525. The event’s Rhythm and Blues

sponsor is Auto Zone, and Funk Sponsors are Aramark, Bluff City Land Rover, ServiceMaster and Thomas & Betts. Soul Sponsors include AmeriChoice by United- Healthcare, Baber Direct Market- ing, Caring Companions, Cum- mins, Inc., Comcast, FedEx Cor- poration, Fred’s Hometown Dis- count Stores, NewSouth Capital Management, Inc. and nexAir. This year’s Hallelujah Sponsor is BrownMissionary Baptist Church and radio station KJMS-FM (V101.1) is the Media Sponsor.. MIFA was founded in 1968 fol-

lowing the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the organization continues to bring people of all faiths and races to- gether to overcome social issues such as poverty. MIFA serves 55,000 people annually through programs that sustain the indepen- dence of seniors, transform fami- lies in crisis and equip teens for success.

tional Civil Rights Museum’s “Facts of the Matter” Community ForumSeries, the opportunity will be presented to talk with Dr. King’s confidante, the Rev. James Lawson, about his experiences in the civil rights movement, the Memphis Sanitation Strike, and where do we go fromhere onAug. 18 at 6 p.m. RSVP online at Facts of the Matter ( Formore information contact Bar- bara Andrews or 901-521-9699, ext. 223.

at ban- BRIEFLY: As part of the Na-

states are expected for the three-day event. The Southern Region includes Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Car- olina,Virginia, and Florida as well as

in conjunction with the General Alumni Association of Fisk Univer- sity, Inc. (G.A.A.F.U.), will host the GeneralAlumniAssociation’s South- ern Regional Conference Sept. 16-18 at The Peabody Hotel at 149 Union Ave. Several hundred alumni from eight

Fisk University Regional Conference has September date at The Peabody The Memphis Fisk Alumni Club,

cludes a welcome reception and documentary premiere of the “Last Championship Teams,” workshops on recruitment and fundraising, the Philanthropy Luncheon and a black- tie Benefit Dinner. There also will be a Recruitment Fair for high school students interested in attend- ing Fisk, and a worship service at Golden Gate Cathedral, 3240 James Road. Guest speaker for the Sept. 17 lun-

Jamaica and the Bahamas. The schedule of activities in-

theMemphis Fisk Club and also pro- ducer of the “Last Championship Teams,” a documentary highlighting

cheon is Susan Taylor Batten, presi- dent/CEO of the Association of Black Foundation Executives in New York City. Regional Alumni Achievement Award recipients will be honored at the black-tie gala. The luncheon and dinner are open to the public and tickets are available by calling 901-230-5568. Sponsorships and booklet ads are also available. George Tillman Jr. is president of

the 1973- 75 Fisk University football teams. Dr. Edwina Harris Hamby is regional chair and Adrienne Taylor Latham is executive director of the General Alumni Association of Fisk University. Dr. Linda Brown Cole- man of Houston is G.A.A.F.U.’s na- tional chair. Fisk was founded in Nashville in

1866. (For more information, call 901-

230-5568 or send an email to alum-

LOC and UNCF set for Aaron Celebrity Sports Weekend The United Negro College Fund

(UNCF) and The LeMoyne-Owen College will host the Hank Aaron Celebrity Sports Weekend and the 41st Annual UNCF Black Tie Gala Reception beginning Monday, Aug, 15 through Saturday, Aug. 20. The events benefit LeMoyne-Owen Col- lege (LOC) and the 38 other member institutions of the United Negro Col- lege Fund (UNCF). “We are once again planning for a

successful golf tournament, 5K Run, Celebrity Sports Breakfast and Gala,” said Roger Brown, LOC’s ex- ecutive director of Institutional Ad- vancement. The Memphis Grizzlies are among

the ongoing corporate supporters. “I want to encourage all Memphi-

Education is a smiling matter…

Gwendolyn Flowers, a counselor at The LeMoyne-Owen College, is part of family that values ed- ucation, which, in part, accounted for their presence at 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. Pictured (l-r) Chloe Flow- ers, 5, Jernicya McCrackin, 10, Tenicia Flowers-Thompson, Summer Keith, 5, Jamealia Thomp- son, 6, Gwendolyn Flowers, and Tommia Morris, 9. (Related photo on page 1.) (Photo by Warren Roseborough)

ans to support this important week- end of activities that helps fund the education for young men and women who might not otherwise have an op- portunity to attend college,” said Grizz Head Coach Lionel Hollins. The 41st Annual UNCF Black Tie

Gala Reception/Silent Auction will feature The Manhattans, and presen- tation of the LOC Beacon of Hope Award and will be held at Mingle- wood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. For more information, call Roger

Brown, (901) 435-1527; Elaine Y. Sanford, Office of Public Relations 901-292-3943.

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