SAVE THE DATE – 2016 NCRM Drop The Mic Poetry Slam is August 13

Submission Deadline is Monday, July 18, 2016 – This Year’s Theme is “And Justice for All!”

 The National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) is looking for young poets to share their creativity in a poetry slam with an emphasis on equality and justice, now. “And Justice for All!” is the theme for the 3rd Annual National Civil Rights Museum Drop the Mic Poetry Slam on August 13, 2016. Poets in the age groups of 14 – 17, 18 – 25 and 26 – 35 can compete for two top cash prizes per age group at $1,000 and $750.

We are starting early so poets can save the date for this event. “The Drop the Mic Poetry Slam was spectacular the first two years, each year surpassing the last in attendance, buzz, and creativity,” said Faith Morris, NCRM Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer. “We hope that this year with everything that has transpired in this country our justice theme will bring out the passion in our young poets. The Slam provides participants with a platform to artistically express themselves about important issues facing society.”

Submissions must be original works addressing the topic “And Justice for All!” Each entrant must submit a YouTube or Vimeo video link in their online registration. Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes. Only one entry per person will be considered. All videos must be received by Monday, August 1, 2016 by 5pm.

Top finalists will be selected and must perform live in front of a panel of spoken word judges at the National Civil Rights Museum on Saturday, August 13, at 5pm in order to win. For more information and to enter visit

The hashtags used this year with information about the Poetry Slam are #JusticeForAll, #NCRMDropTheMic.  Event supporters are encouraged to share through social media.

About The National Civil Rights Museum

The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, is the only Museum of its kind in the country that gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from 1619 to the present. The Museum is intended to bring the movement to life, place the events in a historical perspective and provide a focus of national remembrance. Since the Museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors from around the world have come, including more than 70,000 students annually. Recognized as a center for civil rights and social change, the Museum is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally.

Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, storytelling, dynamic speakers and events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change. Then, invites you to Join the Movement, take a stand and share your voice on issues that impact our society.

An internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum was recognized as USA Today’s Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC’s Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal.


The event features free food, drinks and family-friendly entertainment

The Safe Summer Block Parties series gets started big on Memorial Day Weekend with the first ever Citywide Anti-Violence Block Party at Tiger Lane. The event, held on May 28 from 11 am to 5 pm, features national speakers, music and games, and will have free food, entertainment and drinks.

“We need peace in our community, so the importance of this is extreme,” said Artemis “Peppa“ Williams, the event organizer. “The crime problem in Memphis is out-of-control. This is an event where people can show how they want a stronger city, a safer community, and that ”

The event is well sponsored, with support coming from Shelby County Commissioners Justin Ford and Van Turner, Harold Collins and the Crime Commission, the Memphis Police Department C.O.P. (Community Outreach Program), City of Memphis – Youth Services, Shelby County Schools G.R.A.S.S.Y. (Gang Resistance for Saving Society’s Youth), Kroger, and former Tiger basketball and NBA star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway’s Team Penny organization.

“This is a big thing,” Williams said. “We are always looking for something to do, but aren’t always making sure we’re thinking about our community while we do it. Here, we’ll be doing both. Everyone in the same place, enjoying the weather and the long weekend in our city’s best tailgating spot.”

Last fall, Williams produced an anti-violence rally in Whitehaven over fall break. The event attracted more than 2,500 students who participated in and came to promote the community message of nonviolence, and the event had zero incidents and spread the word that local communities are banding together to show they will not tolerate violence and crime.

The free Anti-Violence Block Party will take place on May 28 at Tiger Lane from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About Mouth of the South Productions Mouth of the South, taken from the nickname for Artemis “Peppa” Williams, runs fun engaging events that interest young people in supporting safer, more responsible communities. The previous non-violent event attracted more than 2,500 students in Whitehaven, and was a peaceful, fun night. With strategic partnerships between local police, schools, and popular celebrities, Mouth of the South is able to run important, well-attended events that encourage responsibility and clean living.


Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. (BWSC) along with The Carter Malone Group have launched a new website to provide information concerning the Black Bayou Basin area of the City of Memphis’ Drainage Master Plan Project storm water study.

The site, serves as a portal for residents and businesses in this area to see the plan for the study, know about key dates and deliverables, and fill out a resident survey, which is vital to the information gathering process.

“Our new site is a valuable tool for communicating with the communities in the Black Bayou Basin study area,” said Joe Lawson, project manager for BWSC. “It gives us an opportunity to present and gather essential information that will make our project more effective.”

The Black Bayou Basin study area stretches northeast from the I-240 and Lamar interchange, ending at Poplar Avenue in the north. It includes much of Audubon Park, some of eastern Orange Mound, the University of Memphis Athletic Complex and most of Rhodes and Kimball Avenue.

The Drainage Master Plan Project is part of an ongoing series of studies commissioned by the City of Memphis to improve drainage and water flow in several neighborhoods. The studies use collect field data and community input to create a computer model that informs the final mapping and analyzing steps. Once the studies are complete, recommendations for improvements are presented to the city.

About Barge Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc.

Barge Waggoner focuses on clients’ markets and industries and delivers a broad spectrum of architecture and engineering services to those markets. This market focus allows BWSC to align with clients and understand their needs. BWSC’s Business Unit Directors each bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in their specific market and lead efforts to be the architecture and engineering firm of choice.


National Women’s Political Caucus Pays Tribute to Journalists at the 2016 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards



The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) will honor journalists and media outlets that have shown excellence in their media coverage on issues of importance to women and girls at the 2016 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (EMMAs). The event will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 at the American Foreign Association Building in Washington, D.C. beginning at 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The 2016 EMMAs will be emceed by TV host & comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan ( and receipient of this year’s Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award. Along with eleven EMMA Award winners, the event will feature a keynote speech by former state representative, attorney & human rights activist Frances “Sissy” Farenthold, and will honor Director Robin Hauser Reynolds with a President’s Award for her groundbreaking documentary film Code: Debugging the Gender Gap. The EMMAs will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran diplomat Marguerite Cooper for her work in the American Foreign Service.

“Our goal is to honor journalists and media outlets that are shining a light on vital issues facing women,” said Donna Lent, President, National Women’s Political Caucus. “The EMMAs is our chance to recognize and celebrate media-makers behind the headlines.”

Past award winners include Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof for Half the Sky, Helen Benedict for Ms. Magazine, Anna Quindlen of The New York Times, Barbara Ehrenreich of Time, Carole Simpson of LIFETIME World News Tonight, Cokie Roberts of National Public Radio, Carole Zimmer of Bloomberg Radio, Lisa Guerrero of Inside Edition, and many more.

Tickets are available for $75 for non-members and $65 for NWPC members. The EMMA’s will also be livestreamed. For more information visit the website at and for tickets visit http:/

About the National Women’s Political Caucus

The NWPC, founded in 1971, is a national, multi-partisan, pro-choice grassroots membership organization dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training and supporting women candidates for elected and appointed office.To interview NWPC President Donna Lent call Deidre Malone, NWPC VP of Communications at 202.785.1100 or email at