The TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball & Life Skills Camp, Awards Gala and Righteous Revolution Rally This Week

The TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball & Life Skills Camp sponsored by the Tarik Black Foundation begins on Monday, July 10, 2017 at Ridgeway High School at 2009 Ridgeway Road. The 4-day camp will host 50 male students who will learn basketball techniques, police etiquette, table etiquette, and other life skills. The camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Thursday evening, there will be an awards gala for camp participants with NBA player and foundation CEO Tarik Black serving as the keynote speaker. Four individuals who have had a major impact on Tarik’s life will receive awards in their honor. This event will be held at the Church of the Holy Communion at Cheney Parish Hall at 4645 Walnut Grove starting at 6:30 p.m. This event is only for campers and invited guests.
On Friday, the Righteous Revolution Rally will be from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. across the street from Mt. Olive C.M.E. Church at 538 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. The goal is to promote unity, love and power to the Memphis community. The general public is invited to this event.

ABOUT THE TARIK BLACK FOUNDATION:
The Tarik Black Foundation was founded by Tarik Black, a NBA player. The Memphis native, who graduated from Ridgeway High School, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and his master’s degree from the University of Kansas. The Tarik Black Foundation, headquartered in Black’s hometown, Memphis, TN provides programs and recognizes causes that offer help bring about positive change in communities. The foundation is managed by Judith Black Moore who serves as president and oversees day-to-day operations.

2ND YEAR OF SAFE SUMMER BLOCK PARTY SERIES OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF ON FRIDAY 7/14/2017

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

 The Anti-Violence Safe Summer Block Party Series kicks off its second year on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Hickory Ridge Middle School, 3920 Ridgeway Rd., from 5 – 7 p.m. The event, free and open to public, will feature a petting zoo with exotic animals, food and drinks, music, games, motivational speakers and informative sessions lead by community organizations. The exotic animals are new this year and will include kangaroos, tortoises and free camel rides.

The successful series saw more than 3,000 people come together last year in support of neighborhood peace and anti-violence. Block parties will also be held at: Cordova High School, Trezevant High School, John P. Freeman Optional School, Craigmont High School and Tiger Lane.

“Last year was an overwhelming success,” said Artemis “Peppa” Williams, the series organizer. “The need for peace in these communities continues to be vital. These families need a place where they can be safe and come together as a community, and I am happy to provide it for them.”

The series is sponsored by organizations and individuals throughout the city including: Shelby County Commissioners, Memphis Police Department C.O.P. (Community Outreach Program), City of Memphis – Youth Services, Shelby County Schools, Well Child, Allworld Project Management, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Workforce Investment Network, Horne & Wells, PLLC, Families Matters, Kroger, 88.5 FM, Penny Hardaway and Team Penny and iheartradio.

In 2015, Williams produced an anti-violence rally in Whitehaven during 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.

 

Memphis Heritage Trail Introduces Curriculum On Memphis History

Pilot Program Tested at Kirby High School

 The Memphis Heritage Trail (MHT) is rolling out a pilot educational curriculum this summer featuring the historical locations on the trail. The curriculum’s pilot was tested to entering freshman at Kirby High School’s Summer Institute June 6-9, 2017.

After the pilot is completed and reviewed, plans are in the works for it to be available to Shelby County School teachers this fall. The curriculum roll out will coincide with a MHT smartphone app that will be launched in conjunction with the 50th commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. death, April 2018.

“This is a wonderful accompaniment to the trail,” said Felicia Harris, manager of Planning and Development for the City of Memphis. “This curriculum will teach the youth in our city about our historic people, events and places, and the trail will allow them to see first-hand where history took place. I must thank MHT volunteer Lauren Barksdale, who developed the curriculum, for all of the work she has put into it.” Ms. Barksdale is a history teacher at Kirby High School.

The curriculum, for grades K-12, is broken into four units based on aspects of Memphis heritage and creative devices such as writing, art, graphic design and music. It focuses on figures and events in Memphis history such as Robert Church and the Church legacy, the all-black military units who fought during the Civil War (Fort Pickering) and the legacy of Beale Street.

“We wanted to base the curriculum around what makes up the city’s heritage,” said Barksdale. “There’s no way to tell the story of the city without mentioning the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil War, and our cultural gems. However, we wanted to include lesser

known narratives that make up our heritage that give a full scope of this city’s beauty.”

The MHT is a historic 20-block redevelopment area in downtown Memphis. The project has been in the works since 2008 and includes the area bordered by Beale Street on the north, Main Street on the west, Crump Boulevard on the south and Manassas Street on the east. Buildings within the area are: Clayborn Temple, Mason Temple, Universal Life Building and the National Civil Rights Museum. It is considered the epicenter of African-American history, heritage and culture and will include a walking trail with historical markers.

About MHT

Memphis Heritage Trail is an expansive plan to celebrate the rich business, culture and musical heritage of African-American achievements in Memphis. The project brings historical tourism, urban redevelopment and city-wide pride to important public spaces. The borders are Beale Street, Main Street, Crump Boulevard and Manassas Street. More information is available at http://memphisheritagetrail.com/.

 

Professor Melissa Harris-Perry and former Congressman Harold ford jr. are Guest speakers For NAACP Memphis branch Centennial Freedom Fund Luncheon celebration

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Memphis Branch announces Professor Melissa Harris-Perry and former Tennessee U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. as speakers at the Centennial Freedom Fund Luncheon Celebration. The luncheon themed, “Reflecting on the Past, Remaining Focused on the Future: 100 Years of Civil Rights and Human Rights Advocacy,” will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Memphis Hilton at 11:30 a.m.

Professor Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelo Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University and the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center. She hosted the award winning television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” on weekend mornings on MSNBC. Harris-Perry recently wrote an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times on “How to Save the N.A.A.C.P From Irrelevance”.

Congressman Ford is coming home to give the charge for the next 100 years of grassroots advocacy. Elected to Congress at the age of 26, Ford served on the House Budget, Education and Financial Services Committees. He now lives in New York with his wife and family and lectures part-time at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and is a political analyst for MSNBC and CNBC.

“We are thrilled to have them both as speakers for our largest fundraiser for the year,” said Deidre Malone, President, NAACP Memphis Branch. “Melissa Harris-Perry and Harold Ford, Jr. are a combination Mid-Southerners will not want to miss.”

Gale Jones Carson is the Chair for the Centennial Celebration and Secretary for the Memphis Branch. “We have been focused on raising funds to support the local branch’s programs and have created a Centennial Celebration that pays tribute to the past, but is focused on our future,” said Carson.

“Our Co-Chairs FedEx Chief Diversity Officer Shannon Brown, Civil Rights Activist and Mediator Jocelyn D. Wurzburg and CN Railroad Executive Roquita Coleman-Williams are working hard to ensure the success of our event.”

Our major sponsors are FedEx, AutoZone, Durham Bus Services, Methodist Healthcare, Regional One Health, and Baptist Healthcare.

Tickets for the luncheon start at $100 and can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naacp-memphis-branch-centennial-freedom-fund-luncheon-celebration-2017-tickets-34254484084. For more information about the event contact the Memphis Branch NAACP at 901-521-1343 or visit their website at www.memphisnaacp.org.

About the NAACP Memphis Branch

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights for all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. The Memphis Branch is the largest branch in the organization.

CO-Chairs named for NAACP Memphis branch Centennial Freedom Fund Luncheon

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Memphis Branch has named Shannon Brown, Jocelyn Wurzburg and Roquita Coleman-Williams as co-chairs for its Centennial Freedom Fund Luncheon. The luncheon themed, “Reflecting on the Past, Remaining Focused on the Future: 100 Years of Civil Rights and Human Rights Advocacy,” will take place on June 24, 2017 at the Memphis Hilton.

“This is going to be an exciting and meaningful event for all who have supported the NAACP through the last one hundred years,” said Deidre Malone, Branch President. “This is a time to celebrate all that has been accomplished as a community and a time to reflect on the work that is still needed to get our community to a place of true equality. Our co-chairs, sponsors and our theme reflect the hope that we have for the next 100 years.”

Brown is the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer for FedEx Express. With more than 35 years of experience at FedEx Express, he is the most senior human resources executive and oversees their workforce of more than 100,000 employees. Brown has been named to Black Enterprise magazine’s lists of “100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” and “Top Executives in Corporate Diversity,” as well as Savoy magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Executives in Corporate America.”

Wurzburg is a long-time civic and political activist in Memphis, and she founded the Memphis Panel of American Women. In 1972, she was appointed by Gov. Winfield Dunn to the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and to the International Women’s Year Commission by President Gerald Ford. Wurzburg is the former President of the Memphis Bar Association Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections. Gov. Phil Bredesen re-appointed her to the Tennessee Human Rights Commission in 2007.

Coleman-Williams has spent her lifetime in the transportation industry. She currently serves on the Department of Transportation Federal Advisory Board and the Memphis Area Transit Authority Board of Commissioners. She also has been awarded “Top 40 under 40,” Memphis Business Journal “Super Women in Business,” Rising Stars of North American Railroads and in 2011 she was the 63rd president and first African-American to serve as president of the Memphis World Trade Club.

Tickets for the luncheon start at $100 and can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naacp-memphis-branch-centennial-freedom-fund-luncheon-celebration-2017-tickets-34254484084. For more information about the event contact the Memphis Branch NAACP at 901-521-1343 or visit their website at www.memphisnaacp.org.

 

About the NAACP Memphis Branch

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights for all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. The Memphis Branch is the largest branch in the organization.

Tennesseans, Spring-Clean Your Medicine Cabinets: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 29

 BlueCross Health Foundation, Count It! Drop It! Lock It!™ promote medication safety by hosting collection events across the state

In an effort to fight opioid abuse, Tennessee residents are invited to bring their unused or expired prescriptions to one of more than 100 National Prescription Drug Take-Back events being held statewide on April 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The event aims to provide safe, convenient locations to dispose of prescription drugs and other medications and to raise awareness about the potential risks for abuse and misuse of certain medications, such as opioids.

This year, more drug take-back sites are available in Tennessee than ever before, thanks in part to the efforts of the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation-sponsored Count It! Drop It! Lock It!™ program, which has helped place secure, permanent drop boxes in all 95 counties.

“It’s important to get rid of old or unused drugs,” explains Dr. Andrea Willis, chief medical officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. “Prescription opioid abuse is a serious public health issue, and more than half of Tennesseans who use prescription painkillers recreationally say they got them from friends and family.”

“These bi-annual events offer a convenient and safe way for individuals to protect themselves and their loved ones from potential and unintentional harm,” said CLD co-developer Kristina Clark. “It’s worth it to take a few minutes to search through medicine cabinets or other storage places and bring unneeded drugs to a Drug Take-Back Day event.”

The Count It! Drop It! Lock It!™ program, expanded statewide in 2016 with a $1.3 million grant from the BlueCross Health Foundation, encourages community members to:

 

  • Count It! Count pills once every two weeks to monitor theft and help ensure medications are taken properly.
  • Lock It! Lock and store them in a secure place where others would not think to look.
  • Drop It! Take unused or expired medications to drop boxes located in participating law enforcement offices or pharmacies, or during bi-annual take-back events.

 

Tennesseans can find their nearest prescription take-back location online at countitlockitdropit.org.

 

 

About Count It! Drop It! Lock It!™

 

Count It! Drop It! Lock It!™ (CLD) is a comprehensive community program for prescription drug abuse prevention that began in Coffee County, Tenn. Today, CLD is actively represented in 44 counties across Tennessee. For more information, visit countitlockitdropit.org.

 

About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc.

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc. was established in December, 2003 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. The foundation awards grants focused on high-impact initiatives across the state, which promote healthy lifestyle choices and help control health care costs for all Tennessee residents. Working with civic and economic partners, the foundation is dedicated to the support of research, innovative programs and creative approaches to improve the health and quality of life of Tennesseans for generations to come.

 

About BlueCross®

 

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s mission is to provide peace of mind through better health. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on serving more than 3.4 million members in Tennessee and across the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s website at bcbst.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tarik Black Announces Details on TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball & Life Skills Camp and Awards to Memphis Area Coaches

NBA Los Angeles Laker Tarik Black promised his hometown, Memphis, TN, that he would come home and give back to the community that he loves. Today, at a press conference, Black announced the details of the inaugural TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills camp. More than 50 Memphis area coaches attended the event at Streets Ministries.

Black and his mother, president of the Tarik Black Foundation, Judith Moore, shared information about the camp and the direction of the organization. “Ten years after hearing Magic Johnson discuss basketball as being a vehicle to accomplish many of things he wanted to do, I’m following my vision of starting this foundation to make an impact in my community,” said Black.

“Today, we start with these coaches and their nominations for participants in the 1st TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills camp for male players 11-15. It’s not just about basketball for me, it’s about our campers obtaining other life experiences.”

The culminating even for the camp will be an awards gala. Four individuals who have had a major impact on Tarik’s life were introduced at the press conference and awards in their honor will be given at the gala.

 

  • Byron Johnson- Neighborhood Officer Role Model (NORM) Award: The police officer receiving this award goes beyond the call of duty.

 

  • Leonard Draper Award- Guiding Hand Award: Given to someone who has stepped into a young man’s life and provided guidance, mentorship and counseling.

 

  • Wesley Henning – Northern Star Award: This award will go to someone who has touched the lives of groups of young men.

 

  • Willie Gregory Award: Touchstone Award: This award will be given to someone who sets an example- an adult who young men look up to and want to emulate that’s a positive role model and upstanding citizen.

The TRANSFORMATION50 CAMP is July 10-14, 2017 at Ridgway High School in Memphis, TN. For more information on the foundation or camp, visit www.Tarikblackfoundation.org.

ABOUT THE TARIK BLACK FOUNDATION:

The Tarik Black Foundation was founded by Tarik Black, a NBA Association and Los Angeles Laker player.  The Memphis native, who graduated from Ridgeway High School, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and his master’s degree from the University of Kansas. The Tarik Black Foundation, headquartered in Black’s hometown, Memphis, TN provides programs and recognizes causes that offer help bring about positive change in communities. The foundation is managed by Judith Black Moore who serves as president and oversees day-to-day operations.

 

First Centennial Luncheon for the NAACP Memphis Branch Promises to Inspire and Honor

MARCH FUNDRAISER FEATURES AUTHOR AND NATIONAL POLLSTER CORNELL BELCHER

 

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Memphis Branch will host the first of three major fundraisers for the year on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at First Baptist Broad Church (2835 Broad Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112).  The speaker for the Centennial Kick-Off Luncheon will be author, pollster and one of the premier strategists in national progressive politics, Cornell Belcher.

“The luncheon will serve as a time to honor heroes of our chapter, reflect on the accomplishments of our past and share with our members and supporters our responsibilities for the future,” said Deidre Malone, President, Executive Committee, NAACP Memphis Branch.  “We will honor the service of Rev. Keith Norman and receive an inspirational word from Mr. Belcher.  It promises to be an exciting luncheon, and we hope all of our supporters will purchase a ticket, table or sponsorship and attend.”

Belcher is author of the book “A Black Man in the White House: Barack Obama and the Triggering of America’s Racial-Aversion Crisis.” His polling was the blueprint for the heralded 50-State Strategy as Pollster for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) under Chairman Howard Dean—Cornell was the first minority to be lead pollster for either national party. He also served on the polling team for both Obama presidential campaigns, and has worked with both Senate and House Democrats as Senior Political Advisor to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Special Projects Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and Women VOTE! Coordinator for EMILY’s List. In 2015 he was an Institute of Politics (IOP) Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He is a highly sought after political commentator, and is currently President of brilliant corners Research & Strategies.

Tickets start at $30.  To purchase, please click https://www.eventbrite.com/e/centennial-kick-off-luncheon-tickets-31733299152. For more information contact Sherry Boyce at 901. 521.1343 or email at Sherry@NAACPMEMPHIS.org.

About the Memphis Branch NAACP:

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, and the Memphis Branch NAACP is the largest branch of the organization in the United States.  The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.  During the entire year of 2017, the Memphis Branch NAACP is celebrating 100 years of service to the community. 

 

NBA Star from Memphis Begins To Give Back In More Ways Than One

LA Laker Tarik Black establishes foundation and basketball camp.

 Transforming lives through community service is one focus of the newly established Tarik Black Foundation. The Memphis native is the definition of a success story. Most are aware of Black’s abilities on the basketball court but few know just how serious he takes education and giving back to his community.

The Los Angeles Lakers Power Forward/Center launched the Tarik Black Foundation in January of this year.  “Through positive mentorship, we’re striving to inspire under-served youth to become visionaries,” says Black. “We want to encourage them to explore and engage beyond where they are today. The foundation will be looking for ways to partner with other organizations and agencies that align with our mission. We are hoping local companies and agencies will work with us to offer character-building programs that give youth positive life skills and memorable experiences through athletic, health, education and social programs,”   said Black, who serves as Chief Executive Officer for the foundation.

Judith Black Moore, mother of Tarik Black, will serve as President of the foundation. She will run the day-to-day activities of the foundation and work with Black and the Board of Directors on new programs.

“The vision for this foundation is one that my mother and I have shared since I dreamed of playing at the NBA level.  I’ve been blessed to experience my dream, so I want to do my part in transforming young lives in the Memphis community and anywhere I go I’m committed to my hometown, though, so my foundation is here where my mother will take the lead in executing my vision,” said Black.

The first foundation program is the Transformation50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp. It will take place in Memphis, July 10-13, 2017. This program is targeting boys between the ages of 11-15. Coaches will recommend players for this camp that will accept 50 players this year. The nomination packets should be received by April 1, 2017.

This basketball camp will be unlike most camps wherein basketball skills are secondary, he plans to teach these students life skills such as financial responsibility, proper etiquette, and conflict resolution.

For more information on the camp visit the website at www.TarikBlackFoundation.org.

About theTarik Black Foundation

The Tarik Black Foundation was founded by National Basketball Association player and Los Angeles Laker Tarik Black.  The Memphis native, who graduated from Ridgeway High School, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and his master’s degree from the University of Kansas. The Tarik Black Foundation, headquartered in Black’s hometown, Memphis, TN, provides programs and recognizes causes that help bring about positive change in communities. The foundation is managed by Judith Black Moore who serves as president and oversees day-to-day operations.

 

Seafood Nutrition Partnership Works With Kroger For Healthier City

Seafood Heart Health Day set for February 25

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is teaming up with Memphis-area Kroger stores to help Memphians become healthier through a seafood-rich diet. The organization will be in Kroger stores Saturday, February 25, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to share seafood coupons and information and tips about a seafood diet.

Kroger stores will have volunteers sharing information about the benefits of eating a seafood-rich diet and sharing recipes and coupons in the seafood department. Select stores will have samples from the seafood department. There will be a Facebook Live broadcast at www.facebook.com/snpmemphis for customers to ask questions about cooking and eating seafood.

Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood are known to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis and improve child brain and eye development. Seafood is the best source of these essential oils that are healthy fats needed for human health and development.

“This is a great partnership opportunity for us,” said Teresa Dickerson, Community Affairs and Public Relations Manager for the Kroger Delta Division. “We enjoy being a part of initiatives that help promote a healthier community, and Seafood Nutrition Partnership has a great mission to help Americans learn about seafood.”

 

Kroger stores participating in the event include:

* 5995 Stage Road, Bartlett

* 3685 S. Houston Levee Rd., Collierville 1977 South Third

6660 Poplar Ave.

240 New Byhalia Rd., Collierville

2380 Mt. Pleasant, Hernando

7427 Goodman Rd., Olive Branch

* 3444 Plaza

540 S Mendenhall

7942 Winchester Rd.

3860 Austin Peay

4264 Summer Ave.

9025 Highway 64, Lakeland

300 I-40 West Service Rd, West Memphis

 
8039 Highway N, Millington 2835 Kirby Parkway
4770 Riverdale 1230 N. Houston Levee Rd., Cordova
7251 Interstate Blvd., Horn Lake 7615 Highway 70, Bartlett
1761Union Ave. 7265 Hwy 64, Oakland
676 N. Germantown Pky, Cordova 11635 Hwy 70, Arlington
2269 Lamar Ave. 3926 Goodman Rd. W., Horn Lake
1366 Poplar Ave. 1675 N. Germantown Pkwy., Cordova
3095 Goodman Rd E., Southaven 1212 E. Shelby Dr.
7735 Farmington Blvd., Germantown 2942 Kirby Whitten, Bartlett
2632 Frayser Blvd. 799 Truse Pky.
* Stores with seafood department samples

 

For more information about the Memphis Coalition of SNP visit: www.snpmemphis.com or https://www.facebook.com/snpmemphis/.