Urban League College Fair Opens Minds and Opportunities

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“Fantastic.” That’s how college junior Courtlyn Patrick of Palm Beach, Florida describes the Project Ready College Fair, part of the National Urban League’s national convention held recently in Cincinnati, Ohio. “You get a chance to get exposed to schools you might never have a chance to know about otherwise,” says Patrick, who’s using the fair as part of her research on potential grad schools. “It really opens my mind.”

Common Ground - creating safe places to discuss change

common-ground-logo.jpg Few can argue that news events during the summer of 2013 are clear evidence that we have more than enough race and gender based issues to debate and dispute in this country. The problems are not new, and they won’t be solved overnight. But it is heartening to know that there are those who are working to make positive changes. Small steps, but steps in the right direction nonetheless.

That’s why it was encouraging and inspiring to be in attendance at the 5th Anniversary celebration of Common Ground Memphis. Attended by about 100 people, young, old, Black, White, Latino, Asian, East Indian – it was as diverse a group as you can get.

Founded by local Memphis newspaper columnist Wendi Thomas, Common Ground was established to create a safe place for people to come together...

Dress for Success wins big at Memphis event

man and woman, DFS event.jpg.jpeg In conjunction with the FedEx 40th Anniversary month of service, dozens of Memphis-based FedEx team members recently participated in a one-day Dress for Success Suit Challenge. Collection sites were set up at the World Headquarters and at the World Tech Center. To add an element of fun, it was promoted as a friendly competition between teams sponsored by two FedEx executives: “Team Laurie” and "Team Dottie". Both Laurie Tucker and Dottie Berry were very happy to serve as honorary team captains.

Freedom Awards

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Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King and entertainer Danny Thomas had a lot in common, according to Thomas’ daughter, actress and activist Marlo Thomas.  “They both had big dreams.  Dr. King dreamed of freedom and equality, and my father dreamed of saving children from catastrophic diseases.” 

Mothering, Mentoring and Magic

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...Josue is from L.A. and has visions of becoming a diplomat, based in Latin America. He’s the first in his family to attend college. Edrick loves sports, wants to become a physical therapist and has amassed more than 40 pairs of Air Jordan shoes, all sealed for protection like any good collector would do. William is from the Bronx, and doesn’t seem daunted at all by the prospect of at least 12 years worth of higher education in his pursuit of a career as a surgeon. And Ryan loves photography, and plans to become a photojournalist....