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This February, in recognition of African-American History Month, WKNO has scheduled four award-winning documentaries about the Civil Rights movement in the Mid-South, each produced by local filmmakers. The films include:

Hoxie: The First Stand (Tuesday, February 8 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10; repeating on WKNO2 Wednesday, February 9 at 9:00 p.m.) The often-overlooked story of a small Arkansas town whose school board voted in 1955 to integrate its schools in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision. Julian Bond narrates this Peabody-Award-winning film by University of Memphis professor David Appleby.

Joe Scott: Memories of the Negro Leagues (Wednesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10; repeating on WKNO2 Wednesday, February 9 at 11:00 p.m.) The 86-year-old former baseball player talks about the early days of the Negro Leagues in Memphis. He also reminisces about his long association with Baseball Legend Satchel Paige and takes a memory-filled journey to the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

I AM A MAN: From Memphis, A Lesson In Life (Thursday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 12 at 2:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10; repeating on WKNO2 Saturday, February 12 at 9:30 p.m.) More than 40 years after participating in the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike, Elmore Nickelberry is still on the job. The film looks back on that turbulent moment in Memphis history, as well as what it means to be a man today. Its four Emmy Awards include one for Executive Producer Deanie Parker, who co-wrote an original song for the soundtrack.

In Remembrance There Is Life: A Night of Storytelling (Thursday, February 10 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10; repeating on WKNO2 Friday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m.) Gathering in Memphis on the fortieth anniversary of the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., veterans of the Civil Rights Movement shared their personal stories and memories of Dr. King. Speakers include Dr. Benjamin Hooks; Rev. Jesse Jackson; Myrlie Evers, and more. This Emmy-winning production, which has since aired on PBS stations around the country, was produced by WKNO in cooperation with the National Civil Rights Museum.

Freedom’s Front Line (Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 19 at 2:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10; repeating on WKNO2 Saturday, February 19 at 9:30 p.m.) the struggle, courage and persistence of a number of black Fayette County sharecroppers who participated in the voter’s registration drive in 1959-1960 that resulted in eviction. This documentary was created by a team consisting of Robert Hamburger (Producer), Mark Lipman and David Vallert (Directors), Daphene R. McFerren (Production Consultant), New Jersey City University and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at The University of Memphis.

In addition to these locally-produced films, WKNO will also be airing an encore presentation of the American Experience film, Roads to Memphis (Tuesday, February 22 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10; repeating on WKNO2 Wednesday, February 23 at 9:00 p.m.), which draws from a book by Memphis native Hampton Sides. The tells the wildly disparate yet fatefully entwined stories of an assassin, James Earl Ray, and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., against the backdrop of the seething and turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis, Tennessee.

Also, an encore of American Masters “Sam Cooke: Crossing Over” (Wednesday, February 23 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10; repeating on WKNO2 Thursday, February 24 at 9:00 p.m.). Before Otis Redding, before Motown, before Aretha Franklin became the Queen of Soul, Sam Cooke put the spirit of the black church into popular music, creating a new American sound. He had a silky voice and good looks; he was charming and brazen. Doors opened for him, bringing his unique gospel – “Good News,” “Wonderful World,” “You Send Me,” “Change Is Gonna Come” and more. Danny Glover narrates.

The broadcast of these programs is sponsored locally by Lane College.

Lane Leads Conference with Football Scholars

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) has just announced its 2010 Football Academic All-Conference Team.

Thirty-Seven student-athletes have maintained a grade point average of 3.2 or better throughout their academic career. Lane College led all schools with seven selections. These seven student-athlete scholars are:

Marcus Woods, a sophomore running back from Seale, AL, majoring in Physical Education with a 3.625 grade point average.

Leonard Jackson, a senior defensive back from Chicago, majoring in Mass Communication with a 3.620 grade point average

Phil Ancar, a junior running back from New Orleans, majoring in Biology with a 3.569 grade point average.

Milton Meeks, a freshman linebacker from Stone Mountain, GA, majoring in Business with a 3.414 grade point average.

Ezekiel Johnson, a sophomore running back from Alexandria, LA, majoring in Computer Science with a 3.281 grade point average.

Kevin Bass, a senior running back from Canal, OH, majoring in Biology with a 3.244 grade point average.

Micah Blount, a freshman defensive end from Stone Mountain, GA with a 3.172 grade point average.

Other colleges and universities in the SIAC include Albany State, Benedict, Clark Atlanta, Fort Valley State, Miles, Morehouse, and Tuskegee.

Press Release

Lane Student Selected To Participate in International Forum

Jonathan Freeman, a junior and UNCF/Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (UNCF/MMUF), has been selected to participate in the University of Cape Town January Institute in South Africa. As such, he and other Fellows will travel to Cape Town on January 2, 2011 and spend 10 days immersing themselves in the examination of special readings penned by leading world-scholars of the day. This Institute will serve as a component toward the Fellows achieving their ultimate goals of obtaining Ph.Ds in core fields in the Arts and Sciences.

Freeman, a History major with a 3.8 grade point average, is a native of Greenville, Mississippi and is the son of Julius and Carole Woodard.

The fundamental objective of the UNCF/MMUF Program is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities in higher education. The program aims to reduce over time the historic under-representation on faculties of individuals from certain minority groups (African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans), as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities. It further serves the related goals of structuring campus environments so that they will be more conducive to improved racial and ethnic relations, and of providing role models for all youth. The Program aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.

The UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority scholarship organization. To serve youth, the community, and the nation, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. UNCF supports education through scholarships and other programs, and by advocating for the importance of minority education. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, 60 percent of students supported by the UNCF are the first in their families to attend college; 62 percent are from families with annual income of less than $25,000; and 93 percent qualify for financial aid.

Tradition brings alumni home

Homecoming parade booms along crowded route from Lane to Lane Field

The booming drums and rattling cymbals of high school and collegiate bands, bright colors and sparkling cars filled Lane Avenue on Saturday, October 16, for the annual Lane College homecoming parade.

Tiny hands tossed candy at the feet of Lane students, as the majorettes, cheerleaders and dancers slowly began to perform routines to a march, falling in a winding line of groups, floats and cars.

Lane spokesperson Darlette Samuels said the college received about 100 entries in the parade and that attendees numbered in the thousands.

Dr. Wesley McClure, President of Lane College, said the parade "speaks volumes to the community."

The parade, a part of the school's 129-year history, began on Lane's campus, the line of homecoming royalty and limos forming in front of the gray post engraved with the history of the college.

"Founded, 1882, by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church of America as a high school," the first lines of the post read.

"Tradition," Sharon Nelson of Gibson County High School explained, is what drives her to watch the parade every year. This year marks about 15 years of attendance for Nelson, she said.

Students and alumni watched the floats with excitement, some cheering, others frantically snapping pictures.

Lane alumna Denise Patterson was one of them, standing on the side of the street to get a picture of the passing parade with a professional-grade camera.

About a week earlier, Patterson was in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, where she has served for 19 years.

"I have not been able to come back because of the army," Patterson said.

She said she was excited to see the band that she danced alongside as a majorette in her collegiate years.

"Traditions, alumni, sororities, fraternities, the coming together of the history of the college," said Asia Ellison, Miss Lane College 2010, describing why she loved the homecoming parade.

A group of cheerleaders practicing off to the side in their red, blue and white uniforms screamed, "Go, Asia," as Ellison waited for the parade to start.

"I'm excited to see all the people, all the kids," said Lane student Caitlin Love-Robinson, Miss Homecoming 2010. She sat in a cherry-red 2011 Mustang.

When the parade started, sound amplified.

Some of the floats promoted education and literacy, including the Honeybee Christian Academy float, which was topped with elementary school students and decorated with yellow paper bumblebees.

The president's float included a model classroom with one desk, books and a student reading.

Other participating groups included the Madison County Democratic Party, Jackson Central-Merry High School band and Zero Gravity Bible study group.

Zero Gravity members held up a sign that read, "Close the Achievement Gap, Try Reading!"

Cheering and chants were varied and plentiful, as roaring screams periodically leaped from small groups.

"At this moment, the most exciting moment of my life, everything's going right," McClure said of the start of the parade.

Opportunity and Employment Meet at Lane
College Graduate and Professional School Job Fair

Lane College held its 4th Graduate Professional School Job Fair on September 16. The event attracted more than 1,200 job seekers, mostly students who will be graduating soon.

“The purpose of our Graduate Professional School Career Job Fair was to conveniently connect our currently enrolled students, the alumni and the community with graduate and professional school representatives, along with the local, state and national businesses that attended,” said Virginia S. Crump. Crump serves as Lane’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Assistant Director of Career Planning and Placement and Director of Lane Evening Accelerated Program (LEAP).

According to Crump, the one-day event was a way for various vendors to recruit students from all majors for internships, full-time and part-time employment, summer work, volunteer work, and other activities that may impact their future careers.

“Most importantly,” added Crump, “it was a networking opportunity to reflect our belief here at Lane College that the world is transformed through the power of education.”

Crump says the overall number of vendors was encouraging. “We were most impressed with the fact that persons came from afar.”

Students majoring in everything from Biology to Communications to Criminal Justice and Education attended the fair, resumes in hand.

Since the fair was held, Crump says that she has received an overwhelming response from students and vendors alike. “I’ve received e-mails from students saying “I got a job today!” or “I got an internship!”

“We received positive feedback from the vendors about how well-prepared our students were,” added Crump. “They talked about how courteous and respectful our students were and the fact that our students were so engaging.”

Events like the Annual Graduate Professional Career Job Fair help provide hope for students and non-students alike who are seeking employment in today’s tough atmosphere.

According to facts released from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, July’s unemployment rate for the state was listed at 9.8 percent while the national rate currently rests at 9.5 percent.

In the African-American community, those numbers are nearly double the national average. The Economic Policy Institute states in an article titled ‘Uneven pain – Unemployment by Metropolitan Area and Race, “The black-white unemployment ratio was highest in Minneapolis and Memphis. In these metropolitan areas, the black unemployment rate was three times the white rate.” (wwwepi.org)

With the knowledge of the unemployment numbers, Crump says she also had overwhelming support from the college’s faculty and staff. “They were very supportive in encouraging our students to attend and in giving incentives and also showing support by attending themselves.”

Another encouraging aspect of the job fair was that the students attending also had the opportunity to rub shoulders with former Lane alumni who are now business owners or in positions at companies to make hiring decisions.

“And to top it off,” added Crump, “when you have the president of the National Alumni Association of Lane College there – Rev. LaSimba Gray- that also says to the students that you stay connected with this college through networking with alumni.”

Elan Porter, a 2009 graduate of Lane made a return trip to the campus, but this time as a representative of Regions Bank. Lane graduate and former Jackson-Madison County School Board candidate , Bill McCrary, now with Brantley Construction, LLC was there as was LEAP graduate, Kenny Caldwell.

“I think this provides a wonderful opportunity for current Lane students and for those students who may have graduated earlier but are still having trouble finding employment,” said Caldwell.

One of the ongoing complaints of the Jackson Madison County School System is that there are not enough qualified graduating African-American education majors to help fill vacant positions in its teachers’ pool. Crump says they can now turn to Lane for some relief.

The JMCSS had five representatives at the Graduate Professional Career Job Fair, screening Education majors as perspective teachers. “They had to go back to the Central Office and get more material,” said Crump. “We have several Education Majors and Dr. Patricia Miller is working with our Teacher Ed Program.”

In light of the number of potential employees who turned out at this year’s job fair, applications may be at a premium, but application seekers are at an all-time high.

“Lane College only asks, that as we are doing our part in preparing these students, that they be given the opportunity for employment,” added Crump.

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