Justin Willingham

TN Politics: George Floyd Killing Warrants Soul Searching

The slow-motion death of George Floyd, by a Minneapolis police officer kneeling upon his neck in full view of the public, has revived the national conversation about police brutality and Black Lives Matter. On Wednesday night, a protest here in Memphis left politicians discussing whether too much police force was shown, or whether talk about social distancing was tone deaf. This week, political analyst Otis Sanford says Floyd's death, in full view of citizens who were prevented from...

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Justin Willingham

The slow-motion death of George Floyd, by a Minneapolis police officer kneeling upon his neck in full view of the public, has revived the national conversation about police brutality and Black Lives Matter.

Watch: Shelby County Joint Task Force

May 28, 2020

Watch the Shelby County Joint Task Force briefing on COVID-19, from May 28. 

Click here to watch.

WKNO

A large group of demonstrators—at times numbering more than 100—gathered in Midtown Memphis Wednesday night to protest recent incidents of police violence toward African Americans. 

Protesters rallied for more than five hours, at times chanting and marching up and down sections of Union Ave. near the area’s police precinct. Earlier in the night, officers temporarily closed a section of the typically busy street and later confined protesters to the Walgreens’ parking lot on Union and McLean Blvd.

Sew-cial Distancing Is Labor Of Love for Mask Makers

May 28, 2020
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Since mid-March, Curtis Jackson hasn’t had any lines to memorize. The local theater company where he performs canceled all shows due to coronavirus so the actor’s idle hands went in search of work. 

“I couldn’t go work in a hospital or anything,” he says over Skype from his Midtown home. “So it was like, ‘Oh okay, well I can sew.’” 

Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian

The COVID crisis has left many kids without access to learning, because they don’t have access to technology. Locally, Shelby County Schools (SCS) wants to bridge the so-called “digital divide” by providing every student and teacher with a laptop — by August.

Educators say that’s just the first step towards protecting the district’s most vulnerable students.

Spotlight for the week of May 25

May 27, 2020
Rhodes College

“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” with Laura Loth, is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Laura Loth is a professor at Rhodes College.


Healthy Pantry Staples

May 27, 2020
Church Health

Pantry staples during quarantine or anytime. 


Shelby County Health Department's Facebook Page


In the next week or two, the Shelby County Health Department will have a better idea of how well people behaved over the holiday weekend. That is: did they stay at least six-feet away from others, not share communal items and wear face masks in public? 

Watch: Shelby County Joint Task Force

May 26, 2020

Watch the Shelby County Joint Task Force briefing on COVID-19, from May 26. 

Click here to watch.

Justin Fox Burks

Whether you like them chewy, cake-y, glazed, with nuts or without … I think all will agree that brownies are downright delicious!


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Protests have erupted across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd, and some of the demonstrations have turned violent, leading political leaders and activists to debate over who is responsible.

NPR's Michel Martin talks to Reverend Jim Wallis about the National Day of Mourning and Lament put on by faith leaders across the country to commemorate those who have died from the coronavirus.

NPR's Michel Martin talks to Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, about how to talk with white kids about racially-charged events.

Protesters in Washington, D.C., marched to the White House to protest the death of George Floyd in police custody, where they clashed with the Secret Service.

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