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: For more information about the event contact the Memphis Branch NAACP at 901-521-1343 or visit their website at

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: For more information about the event contact the Memphis Branch NAACP at 901-521-1343 or visit their website at


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.

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


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.


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

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 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: or

Emerge Tennessee’s Inaugural Board of Directors Set

First Class to Open in March 2017 In Organization’s Mission of Recruiting, Training and Inspiring Democratic Women to Run for All Levels of Office


Emerge Tennessee, an affiliate of Emerge America, today announces its first Board of Directors with 15 members from across the state. Last week Emerge Tennessee posted the position seeking its first Executive Director, and the organization plans its first training program to open in March.

 “We believe that if families, women and children are to succeed in Tennessee, then we must start by electing Democratic women to focus on the critical policies like education, healthcare, transportation, jobs, affordable housing and equity,” said Carol Brown Andrews, a founding member and board member. “Our mission is to recruit, train and empower Democratic women to run for office on every level to make our communities stronger from the grassroots up.”

Emerge Tennessee’s inaugural Board of Directors:

 Carol Brown Andrews, Vice President and Senior Editor of Grindstone Research, Nashville. Carol was named best opposition researcher in America in two categories by Republican, Independent and Democratic peers in the American Association of Political Consultants in 2016. She has worked in hundreds of Democratic campaigns on all levels across the country as a strategist, researcher and communications expert for more than 25 years. Just this year, she helped elect the first woman and person of color to Congress from the state of Delaware. A former newspaper reporter, native Tennessean and University of Tennessee graduate, she also served as Communications Director for former Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin and as Press Secretary for Gov. Chris Gregoire of Washington State.

Andrea Campbell, a nonprofit professional, Nashville. Dedicated to advancement of women in leadership, Campbell is the Nashville facilitator of LeadHer, an international women’s organization that challenges women to grow in their faith, leadership and relationships. Andrea also serves on the Executive Board of Advocates for Women’s and as Education Director of Kid’s Equality (AWAKE). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Fisk University and is pursuing a Masters of Divinity.

Brenda Gadd, a veteran government affairs expert of Nashville.  Brenda has more than 15 years of experience in Tennessee campaigns. She managed the successful, nationally watched Tennessee Supreme Court Retention Campaign, including protection of two women Justices. An outspoken advocate for women’s, children’s and minority issues, Brenda leads workshops and trainings on both grassroots and grassroots leadership.

 Sky Gallegos, a senior political advisor to NextGen Climate founder Tom Steyer, Nashville. Sky’s career in national Democratic politics spans 20 years. She has held senior positions in Presidential campaigns, statewide campaigns, national advocacy organizations and served in both the Clinton and Obama Administrations. She currently advises Tom Steyer, the San Francisco philanthropist who founded NextGen Climate, an organization that acts politically to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for every American.

Gloria Johnson, an educator, of Knoxville. Gloria taught Special Education for 27 years.  After serving four years as Chair of the Knox County Democratic Party, she decided to run for State House 13 and was elected in 2012, serving through 2014. She was carried to victory by tapping grassroots support for education, women’s healthcare, and good paying jobs with equal pay for equal work.

 Holly McCall of Franklin. Holly has more than 25 years of experience as a communications strategist, newspaper reporter, and campaign operative at the local, state, and national levels. Most recently, she was the Democratic nominee for the Tennessee House of Representatives in Williamson County’s District 65.

 Deidre Malone, President and CEO of The Carter Malone Group, LLC, Memphis. Deidre is the Vice President of Communications for the National Women’s Political Caucus, President of the NAACP Memphis branch, and former Shelby County Commissioner. She managed or played major roles and campaigns for Mayor, County Commission, City Council and School Board.

Enora “Nori” Moss, radio and television personality and women’s advocate, Chattanooga. The Chattanooga native is a professional speaker, community coordinator and consultant. Nori is currently working on a guide for young women, The Young Ladies Advocate: Integrity, Intelligence and Lifestyle. The booklet will be coupled with a program to inspire young women’s self-esteem. She is the founder of Nori Cares, a nonprofit for people in need. She is a recipient of the Neighborhood Trailblazer award from the City of Chattanooga Neighborhood Leadership Institute and was a nominee for the Civic Impact award from the Young Professional Association of Chattanooga for her work with nonprofits. Nori is the Communications Coordinator for the City of Chattanooga Department of Youth & Family Development.

Olliette Murray-Drobot, Executive Director of The Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County. Olliette has 20 years of experience in not-for-profit management. The Family Safety Center (FSC) coordinates civil, criminal, health and social services for domestic violence victims. A member of the Memphis/Shelby Crime Commission Board of Directors, she is also a board member of the Memphis/Shelby County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council.

 Emily Passini is a Partner at Greenlight Media Strategies – a woman owned and operated direct mail firm with offices in Nashville, Brooklyn and Washington D.C. The Nashville resident was named a 2016 “Top 40 Under 40” by the American Association of Political Consultants. She directed media efforts in 11 states as Senior Strategist at Hopkins + Sacks during the 2014 election cycle ­– including independent expenditure programs in three targeted U.S. Senate races. In 2010, she served as a Political Director at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee where she oversaw the strategic and spending decisions in 13 states across the country.

Freda Player, political director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205, Nashville. Freda began her political career on the Gore Presidential Campaign. She was later Voter Outreach Coordinator and the Political Director at the Tennessee Democratic Party. At SEIU, she is responsible for all lobbying, advocacy and electoral efforts for Local 205 in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Memphis. Freda chairs the Tennessee Health Care Campaign Board of Directors, serves as Treasurer of Tennessee Citizen Action, sits on the Advisory Board of Nashville New Leaders Council, and is At-Large board member for the League of Women Voters of Tennessee.

 Cortney Piper, President of Piper Communications, Knoxville. Cortney provides commentary on current news and events in East Tennessee on WATE-TV’s Tennessee This Week, a weekly political roundtable. She started her public relations firm in 2008 at the height of the recession with a focus on energy, technology and getting results. Her firm has worked on some of the most innovative energy and technology initiatives in the state, region and country. In 2011, she had the privilege of attending the White House Business Leaders’ Forum on Jobs and Economic Competitiveness where she met with senior Administration officials to discuss efforts to spur economic growth and Administration priorities. Cortney has been recognized for her business leadership as a 2014 inductee to the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty and recipient of the Postma Young Professional Medal. Cortney serves on the board of the East Tennessee Economic Council, the University of Tennessee Political Science Department’s Board of Advisors and chairs the Visit Knoxville Board of Directors. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Knoxville and 2009 graduate of Leadership Oak Ridge.

 Stacy Richardson currently serves as Chief of Staff to Mayor Andy Berke in Chattanooga. Stacy leads a team of 15 senior government officials who oversee the development and implementation of the Mayor’s agenda. She has overseen the drafting and passage of the City’s first open data policy, lead the development of the City’s early childhood education agenda, and coordinated efforts with area Universities to limit sexual assault on college campuses. Stacy previously worked at the crossroads of politics and policy — either in her capacity as a researcher or working on political campaigns. She graduated with highest honors from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is currently pursuing her masters degree at the Sol Price School of Public Policy. Stacy also serves on the board of the Chattanooga Urban Design Studio and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Arts & Sciences.

Maura Black Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer of the City of Chattanooga. Maura runs the day-to-day operations of Chattanooga’s city government, directing and coordinating the administration with the policies of Mayor Andy Berke and the City Council. Prior to joining Mayor Berke’s staff, Sullivan was Deputy Chief Administrative Officer in the Chief Administrative Office for the City of Memphis, reporting directly to Mayor A C Wharton. Maura was also Deputy Division Director in the Division of Planning and Development in Memphis and Shelby County, and Assistant Superintendent, Planning and Student Services, Shelby County Schools. Earlier in her career, Maura launched her own public affairs and public relations consultancy and served as special assistant to former Congressman Harold E. Ford, Jr.

Jennifer Buck Wallace, Director for Together Tennessee, of Nashville.  She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2000. After working as a producer for Country Music Television for 5 years, Jennifer left her career in television to become the Tennessee State Field Organizer for Obama for America in 2007. Post-election, Jennifer went to work for the Tennessee Democratic Party as the Executive Director in 2009, and then became the Director of Development and Tennessee Senior Advisor for Organizing for Action in 2013. Jennifer and her husband Billy live in Germantown are the parents of a young son, Buck.


Founded in 2016, Emerge Tennessee will be the premier political leadership training organization for Democratic women in Tennessee. Our mission is to recruit, train, and inspire Democratic women to pursue public office at the local, state and national levels through our multi-month campaign-training program. Emerge Tennessee is an affiliate of Emerge America, a national organization currently working in 17 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.


Memphians honored for their Civil and Human Rights work

Inaugural Trailblazer Awards Presented by the City of Memphis

  Yesterday the City of Memphis and the Division of Housing and Community Development paid tribute to 28 individuals with the Memphis Heritage Trailblazer award. This first time event honored Memphians for advancing civil and human rights and for carrying the torch to uphold African-American history and culture. The program also provided an overview of the Memphis Heritage Trail’s plan that has projected opportunities of an economic development impact of more than 1,000 new jobs and $84 million in additional tourism revenue.

“We are extremely excited about the Memphis Heritage Trail project and it has been eight years of planning to get us where we are today,” said Felicia Harris, Manager, Planning and Development, City of Memphis. “It is important for us to pay homage to those individuals who have fought and continue to fight for civil and human rights. Memphis reaps the benefits of their labor and we honored that today.”

The Memphis Heritage Trail is a historic 60-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 Walnut Street on the east. Community assets 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.

“Society has so much to thank these individuals for,” said Jim Strickland, Mayor of Memphis. “These recipients come from all walks of life and have sacrificed to make a better Memphis for us all.”

The awards program was held at the Halloran Centre in downtown Memphis.

Here is a list of the Memphis Heritage Trailblazer Award Honorees:


Yvonne & David Acey         Robert Lipscomb                  Judge Russell Sugarmon

Ekundayo Bandele             Marion Mitchell                     Calvin Taylor

Joyce Blackmon                   Dr. James Netters                Henry Turley

Ruby Bright                           Attorney Charlie Newman  Elaine Lee Turner

Attorney Mike Cody             O C Pleasant                                    Rosalind Withers

Erma Clanton                       Diane Rudner                      Jocelyn Wurzburg, J.D.

Fred Davis                             James D’eke Pope              Jan Young/Assisi Foundation

Bishop William Graves       Beverly Robertson

Rev. LaSimba Gray             Dr. Coby Smith

Happy Jones                        Mark Stansbury


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. For more information visit



Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis is offering a grant of up to $5,000 for nonprofit organizations. The Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis has one annual grant cycle per year. Eligible applicants have a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue Service and are located within Shelby County. Winners from previous years may apply, but must provide written results of the grant awarded.
“It is our responsibility to give back to the community that has given us so much,” said Mary McDaniels, President of Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis.
Grants awarded by Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis support economic self-sufficiency. In particular, those that include but are not limited to: Career Development, Education, Entrepreneurship, Scholarship and Health.
Grants awarded by Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis does not support: Individuals, For-profit organizations, churches or programs that promote religious activities, projects which take place before the completion of the grant-making process, projects inconsistent with federal, state and local non-discrimination ordinances regarding equal employment opportunity and campaigns to elect public officials
The applications became available on the Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis’ website on November 1. The deadline for applications will be January 31, 2017. The grants will be reviewed and recommendations will be made by February 28, and will be approved by March 31. The award luncheon will be held May 1, 2017. For more details on the Grant and the application process, visit the website at
About Philanthropic Black Women.
Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis (PBWM) is a group of nine progressive and civic minded women, committed to giving back to the community. PBWM was founded in January 2005. Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis is a private organization with funding currently being provided by the membership.

Churches take part in Alpha and Omega-3 Journey

Congregations tracking omega-3 levels throughout the year for heart health


 Memphis-area church congregations are taking care of their spiritual hearts and their physical hearts when they take part in Healthy Heart Sunday on October 30. That is the day they begin their Alpha and Omega-3 Journey to track their omega-3 levels from October 2016-17.

There are currently nine churches participating in the journey. Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is sponsoring the program and works year round to encourage Americans to eat at least two servings of seafood per week.

“SNP Memphis is looking forward to working with these congregations,” said SNP Director Deidre Malone. “Unfortunately, Memphis struggles as being ranked as one of the most unhealthy and obese cities in the United States. At SNP, we want to encourage Memphians to choose seafood as a healthy protein to eat. Our hope is as their omega-3 levels rise, their cholesterol, blood pressure and weight will fall.”

Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood are known to reduce the risk of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S. The average American should have an omega-3 level of 7-8 percent in their blood, but, in the Mid-South, those levels hover around 2-3 percent.

Participants in the program will first sign the Healthy Heart Pledge, a commitment to eat at least two servings of seafood per week. At that time their starting omega-3 level will be tested and continue to be checked until October 2017.

Each participating church will have periodic meetings with omega-3 testing for the participants. The meetings are coordinated by the individual churches and can include recipe swaps, discussions of effective cooking tips and fitness sessions.

SNP encourages all Memphians to take the Healthy Heart Pledge stating their commitment to eat two servings of seafood a week. To date, more than 2,000 Memphians have signed the pledge. For each pledge signed, a can of seafood is donated to the Mid-South Food Bank. Visit: to sign the pledge.


“Our congregation is really excited about this program,” said Rev. Henry Jackson, pastor of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. “Churches focus on spiritual health. This gives our members an opportunity to be more physically fit in addition to our spiritual health.”

For more information on the Alpha and Omega-3 Journey or how you or your church can participate, contact Dawn Carter at or 901-278-0881.

About SNP

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit whose mission is to inspire a healthier America through partnerships that raise awareness about essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood. SNP, a member of the Non-Communicable

Diseases Roundtable, leads education efforts to help Americans gain the skills to select, order and prepare fish and shellfish, and to inspire a healthier America by promoting a nutrient-rich diet that includes seafood. For more information, visit


Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle and Cox, P.C. Attorney Lauran Glassman Stimac has been appointed by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority Board. She was confirmed by the City Council and will serve a six-year term through 2022.
“The FedEx Forum is a gem in our community,” Stimac said. “I look forward to working with the other board members of the Sports Authority to maintain it and enhance the athletic events in the area.”
The Sports Authority Board is comprised of residents from Memphis and Shelby County. It is charged to develop a master sports plan and to manage the debt and capital improvement requirements for the FedEx Forum.
Stimac received her bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond and is licensed to practice in Tennessee, Virginia and Mississippi. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Memphis Area Legal Services and serves as the sponsorship chair for their inaugural Justice for All Ball.
About Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, P.C. Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox is a boutique law firm engaging only in civil trial litigation in courts primarily around the Mid-South, including in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Alabama. Our lawyers focus their talents on helping clients achieve the best possible results in their trial and arbitration matters both inside and outside the courtroom. The firm is renowned for its ability to handle the most difficult legal situations with targeted and steadfast intensity. Representing clients on both sides of the docket gives us unique insights into what motivates our opponents in court and during settlement negotiations.