The National Civil Rights Museum Displayed an Abundance of Talent at the 2015 Drop the Mic Poetry Slam

Importance of voting given from different ages and perspectives


 Poets from age 14-35 shared their perspective at the 2015 National Civil Rights Museum Drop the Mic Poetry Slam.  This year’s theme, My Vote, My Freedom couldn’t have come at a better time. This is the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. There were 25 contestants that participated in the second year of this event that was held on Saturday, August 22 at the museum.

“This event truly showed the different perspectives we share for the importance of voting,” said, Terri Freeman, president, National Civil Rights Museum.” The museum views this event as another way to advance our cause of educating the world on how critical it is for citizens to vote.”

The winners in each category are the following:

  14-17 Age Group 18-25 Age Group 26-35 Age Group
1st Place Charity Johnson Larry Cashmere Lasanta Teil
2nd Place Sesheta Tafari Isaiah Walker Jason Hall


The grand prize winner in each category received $1,000 and a museum family membership and the runner up in each category received $750 and a museum family membership.  The judges this year were poet and promoter Darius (Phatmak) Clayton, poet and motivational speaker Aisha Raison, and the mayor of Neo-Soulsville, Tonya Dyson. Please continue to check for upcoming events and information on next year’s slam.


The Sewer Assessment and Rehabilitation Program (SARP10) Launches Website

The City of Memphis, along with Black & Veatch, has launched a new website –  The website is a tool for keeping citizens informed and up to date on the progress and projects undertaken by the 10-year sewer assessment and rehabilitation program, known as SARP10. The program will improve the City’s sanitary sewer infrastructure system.

“The SARP10 website will keep Memphians informed about this project,” said Robert Knecht, Director of Public Works, City of Memphis. “The features on this site make it simple for community members to know what is going on and when.” provides dates for scheduled community meetings, outlines current projects, and features an address locator application that allows community members to easily see what projects are underway near them. The site explains the SARP10 project, its necessity, and houses additional reference information.

The website is part of the larger SARP10 program implemented to assess and improve Memphis’ sewer infrastructure system. The system consists of approximately 2,400 miles of sewers. This program is funded using sewer fees. Although this represents a substantial commitment by Memphis to its infrastructure system, the city’s long-standing and aggressive maintenance program reduced this cost considerably when compared to other systems of similar size facing the same age-related issues.

The program will move from neighborhood to neighborhood assessing the sewer system. This website gives the public and vendors a chance to track the progress with SARP10 and learn about upcoming projects.