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Tweet… Tweet! 2019 BlockParty4Peace “The rebirth of the Memphis Cotton Makers’ Jubilee (MCMJ) continues the legacy of founder, Dr. R. Q. Venson, to expand
and maintain the truth of Memphis and American history,” said MCMJ Charter Member and Tennessee General Assembly
The 2019 14th annual Block Party for Peace and picnic, Representative Barbara Ward Cooper. “These efforts exemplify honor and respect of the strength of the African American
especially designed for Raleigh and Frayser residents, was held workers’ contribution when ‘cotton was king’ and Memphis was known as the ‘Cotton Capital of the World’.”
from 10 am until 7 pm, Friday and Saturday, September 27th and
28th, and from 11 am until 6 pm, Sunday, September 29th, at the The organization’s current goals include working with the Dr. R. Q. Venson Scholarship Foundation, overseen by the
MidSouth Event Center, 3385 Austin Peay Hwy. recently deceased member Michael Sadler until his untimely death, to develop the Memphis Cotton Makers’ Jubilee
Museum, a pictorial history chronicling more than 5,000 pictures and artifacts documenting the MCMJ, which is most
The event’s brainchild, TN State Representative Antonio likely the oldest African American celebration in America.
Parkinson, combined his usual food and child-friendly games and
activities with an education and career fair, several talent “The Memphis Cotton Makers’ Jubilee celebration gave the African American people an outlet for promoting the
competitions, a cooking contest, car show, and live music this year. important role blacks played in the world’s cotton market during the pre-depression era,” said MCMJ General Chairman
Clyde Venson. “The MCMJ’s pictorial history will soon be incorporated into the Memphis Cotton Makers’ Jubilee Museum
Vendors at the Healthy City Health and Wellness tent were so the world will never forget this historical event.”
available to provide free screenings, shots, child wellness
check-ups and more. The event also was slated to feature a town The MCMJ Museum will be designed to house all of the memorabilia collected from the start of the celebration in 1936
hall on crime and more to be hosted by Shelby County through today. Artifacts on display will include dresses worn by the late great Lena Horne, crowns, scepters and
Commissioner Willie Brooks. hundreds of pictures.
Additional speakers included Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr., Shelby “As we continue working in the Memphis community along with our networks, it will provide us the opportunity to see
County Mayor Lee Harris, Bishop Edward Stephens Jr. of Golden
Gate Cathedral, MPD Col. Greg Sanders, Paul Young of Housing and what’s most needed and be that inspiration that we have been for the past 83 years in this great city,” said MCMJ
Community Development, Steve Shular of the Mayor’s office,
James Jackson, a Code Enforcement supervisor, and Dorcas Griffin President, Lorenzo Caldwell. “Our purpose has been to inspire and promote the well-being of our youth and our
also with the Memphis Mayor’s office.
community. The true successes of the MCMJ Celebration are people like you! Thank you so much for celebrating this great
occasion with us.” Continued on Page 8
MCMJ President Lorenzo Caldwell opened the program and Rev. Theron Dotson gave the prayer and invocation. THE McCORKLE ROAD NEIGHBORHOOD
Several musical selections were preformed by GEM throughout the evening. Caldwell gave the welcome and introduced DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, INC. OF
the Toast Master, Leon Griffin, and Toast Mistress, Catherine Doggett Hernandez. MEMPHIS THANKS YOU FOR SUPPORTING
THE 2019 1ST OCTOBER NATIONAL NIGHT
All past MCMJ Royalty were asked to come in front of the stage for photographs and the 2019 Coronation Court OUT CELEBRATION!
featuring King Krish and Queen Demetrice followed. After being officially crowned the 2019 King and Queen, the Royal
Court King and Queen strolled the entire room, from the stage to each perimeter, greeting those in attendance with WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING
royalty like only Royalty could before taking to the dance floor for their first dance after being crowned. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AGAIN ON THE
FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY OCTOBER
Dinner, featuring a full seven-course meal, was served as guests dined and visited with past royalty, the King and STARTING IN 2020!
Queen, and the other guests in attendance.
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After dinner was served General Chairman Clyde Venson went to the podium and announced Kayla Wright as the 2019 VISIT US ONLINE TODAY AT
LeMoyne-Owen College, Dr. R. Q. Venson Scholarship awardee. Ms. Wright was then presented with a plague and a check iLoveShelbyCounty.com
for $600. Venson made several additional presentations before introducing Sheriff Floyd Bonner, the 2019 MCMJ Pioneer
Award Honoree. Sheriff Bonner was elated at being chosen and, thanked those in attendance and the MCMJ Board for to pay your ($25) annual dues!
recognizing him in this manner especially when he stated “so many pioneers had come before” him. Hip, hip, hooray,
Venson led the crowd to saying several times in honor of Sheriff Bonner. Hip, hip, hooray and loud appreciation and NEWSCENE ENCOURAGES YOU TO DINE AT THE...
Venson then gave a brief history of the Memphis Cotton Makers’ Jubilee and spoke about how important the museum
was in keeping the organization alive before giving several rounds of words of thanks and closing out the 2019
“For more information on becoming a member or to make a donation to the MCMJ, please email [email protected]
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M O N T H LY CO M M U N I T Y P R AY E R PA RT N E RS H I P M E E T I N G
WHO: Everyone is welcome! Organizer, Wendell Donelson, Bluebird Estates
WHAT: Community Prayer Partnership Meeting
WHEN: 4th Tuesday of every month at 6 pm
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WHY: To assist in the reduction of crime through prayer
Monthly community prayer partnership meetings have been held “practically every month since the spring of 2018,” 9
said prayer organizer, Wendell Donelson, a resident of Bluebird Estates. “We have been told by Raines Station MPD that
our prayers have made a measurable difference.”
The group meets in the meeting room near the parking lot entrance of the Raines Station Police Department to pray for
the community on a monthly basis.
“There is power in agreement, so let’s unite our spirits and voices on behalf of our community,” said Donelson. “We can
make a difference. We are inviting all to join us in prayer as we pray for our community. This effort is meant to impact all
ills of our community, particularly crime. We don’t want to just murmur and complain, but instead invite God into our
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Every Day of the Year in my Neighborhood
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Dear Mr. Sanitation Worker,
What makes you feel that leaving trash in front of my house is acceptable? Do you leave trash on the other side of town
when you empty garbage carts in front of homes? Well, I’ve never seen any and that is because you don’t do it in certain
areas. Tell me it isn't so and I’ll prove to you that it is.
When you are in predominately African American neighborhoods, Mr. Sanitation Worker, please remember that the Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lost his life fighting for your rights. Dr. King, as you know, was assassinated right here on these
very same streets fighting for you and your co-workers and all of your predecessors to have the ability to insist you be
treated like human beings (hence, the I AM A MAN signs) and not be treated like the trash you pick up for a living.
For God’s sake, if not for your own, Dr. King’s, or the communities you serve, please do your job with the pride Dr. King
has made it possible for you to have in being a Sanitation Worker. We are tax paying citizens and we are not going to
continue to watch as you destroy the very communities you live in for lack of caring for anything other than your check. I
have your pictures and will assimilate a group of concerned citizens who will follow your garbage trucks in their areas,
taking pictures of your sloppiness, and turning each and everyone of you in, and demanding your immediate termination.
OUT WITH THE OLD… IN WITH THE NEW - FIRE STATION #43 GETS A MAKEOVER! The Historic Orange Mound
Centennial Celebration Committee
As Whitehaven began to develop in the late 40s and early 50s, “the problem of names for streets came up,” according
to Anna Leigh McCorkle, author of Tales of Old Whitehaven. Although the book doesn’t mention the fire station currently and
situated on Holmes Road just east of Hwy 51 - Elvis Presley Boulevard, it does mention that older street names, “such as
Holmes had been called for the families who lived along them.” Mother Mary Mitchell
As the story goes, back in the days when judges still worked “circuits,” traveling by horse or horse and buggy from needs your help to develop…
town-to-town to “hear cases,” it was on “one hot, dusty afternoon in the late 1840s when a tired horseman, Judge
A Pictorial and Oral History
14 15Augustus B. Longstreet, rode up to the old Holmes place on Tchulahoma Road.” Yes, the story goes on to tell how the
Judge suggested the site for the Longstreet United Methodist Church, but that is not the story being told here. “By 1847
the first Longstreet church building was erected on Holly Ford at Holmes Road.” The Holmes family was one of the Orange Mound Community!
church’s founding member families. Also mentioned, but not for discussion here, is the Nonconnah Baptist Church that
sits at Tulane and Shelby Drive and the “New Nonconnah Colored Church, which may not be the same edifices at that Meeting Announcements
time.” however, it was around this time when “T. J. Beasley and Van Court Neel, two Whitehaven old-timer families, forthcoming!
purchased land opposite one another and Beasley Road, which later became Holmes Road, was born.”
There is a lot of history in Whitehaven and its history continues to be made. One of the firemen at Fire Station 43, Historical Pictures & Papers
which currently sits at 1253 E. Holmes Road, told of stories about the facility being the place where County residents Business, Civic, Social, and School News
brought their water bills for payment before the area was annexed into the City of Memphis in the mid-70s. The first
room inside the office’s front door still has an old Boy Scouts banner under a 1970s map of Memphis on the wall and the Resident’s Highlights
tower area, where the old fire truck hoses used to be hung to drip dry still exists, but is not in use. The building is loved Political Highlights
by those who understand and appreciate its history, but most are ready for it to be replaced with a more modern facility.
For example, many of the rooms only have one electrical socket with 2 updated 3-prong plugs. and more!
A ground breaking ceremony was held on Friday, September 6, 2019, to officially mark the new station being built. EMAIL: [email protected]
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THE WHITEHAVEN CAMERA CLUB
The “Whitehaven Camera Club - Memphis, TN” was founded on
July 20, 2018. The group currently meets from 1 - 3 pm every other
Saturday at the Whitehaven Southwest TN Community College
(SWTCC) Whitehaven Campus located at 1234 Finley Drive off Elvis
Presley Boulevard behind the Bank of America. Although private, the
group has a presence on Facebook and welcomes new members and
encourages them to ask to join.
Meetings are free and open to the community at large. You are
cordially invited to come by, with or without expertise, to both learn
and share all things related to photography.
“Different lenses do different things to an image,” said club
member and long-time photographer David McGowan. “Know how
your telephotos compress and your wide-angles distort. Use the best
lens for your photographic vision. There are many lenses to choose
from. For all your lenses, know which apertures are sharpest and
know when you lose sharpness.”
“Even if you don’t own a camera, bring your smartphone and a
friend,” added club president, web developer/designer, tech trainer,
and I’m So Tech Media Company owner Keisha Earnest. “We hope to Whitehaven Camera Club members practice using a
see each of you on Saturday, November 2nd from 1- 3 pm. variety of camera lens on Saturday, September 28th.
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THE 30th ANNUAL SOUTHERN HERITAGE CLASSIC PARADE…
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SEPTEMBER IN MEMPHIS IS ALL ABOUT FRED JONES JR.!
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I can remember when I first asked Fred Jones Jr. for an interview. It was back in the early 2000’s when I was working (SHC), game. This year, riding on the Historic Orange Mound Centennial Committee float down Park Avenue while
for a local print media publication. I was amazed by the sheer talent the man had and was almost shattered when he Facebooking live was yet another SHC first for me! And let me be the first to say that even though I had burned out two
asked me, “What could I possibly say that hadn’t already been said?” Little did Mr. Jones know, I was too amazed about iPhone camera batteries by the time I actually saw Mr. Jones walking with the parade and couldn’t take a picture of him I
having the opportunity to place yet another positive article regarding a black man who had pulled himself up by his own told the truth when he asked, “how things were?” I replied that everything was great and that was only because I had no
boots straps in my local publication, to worry about what had and hadn’t already been said. I went to Mr. Jones office and idea how far I had left to walk to return to the committee members home where I had parked my car and got a lift to the
although I can’t remember anything but meeting his lovely gatekeeper secretary, I know we must have connected start of the parade from. Boy, did I have a blast getting my exercise in that day! Mr. Jones, these next few pages are
somehow as afterwards I was honored to attend a pre-show event at the Orpheum and an original Tyler Perry play. Nah, I dedicated to you and all the things you’ve hung in here to do, not only for you and your family, but for all of those of us
must have been still amazed because everyone who knows me knows I’ve met some of the great entertainers and all, but who consider ourselves your extended family too. Congratulations on the street renaming, the 30th annual Southern
it never once crossed my mind to meet Tyler Perry. I was enjoying myself with a former co-worker who was also in at- Heritage Classic and parade, and all of the many things you personally do to make Memphis the great place it is. NEWS-
tendance far too much to be focused. Besides, I wasn’t asked to work, I was given a much needed and appreciated chance CENE thanks you and Ms. Carolyn for all you both do and all both of you will continue to do in our communities. God
to relax and to enjoy some of the finder things life has to offer. To this day, I still thank you for that opportunity Mr. Jones Bless You both! And congrats to the Jackson State (49-44) and the Tennessee State Tigers and for hosting the second
and that is why I am always happy to see you doing what you do in and for our community (but please don’t let the cat largest SHC game audience (48,347), and for a safe and fun game day! See you September 10-12, 2020, here in Memphis,
out of the bag as I’ve never once in my 34 years of residency in Memphis been tailgating or to a Southern Heritage Classic TN! For more info, please visit the Southern Heritage Classic at http://southernheritageclassic.com/events/.