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Governor Bill Haslam

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Leadership Features

The "I'm a Man" mural was designed by rap artist Marcellous Lovelace in a modern graffiti style and installed by BLK75. It can be found on S. Main Street, close to the National Civil Rights Museum. It shows the Sanitation Workers Protest March on Mar

Fifty years later, sanitation workers see fruit of their labor with addition of retirement benefits

In February of 1968, two black city sanitation workers were crushed to death by a truck, sparking a strike around the issues of low pay, poor safety and zero benefits. The Civil Rights-era action still influences the City of Memphis 50 years later with its recent approval of retirements benefits for the living sanitation workers.


Germantown-based O.R. Nurses Nationwide provides flexible schedules for nurses who love to travel

O.R. Nurses Nationwide, a temporary staffing agency founded in 1988, has seen it all from the unexpected death of a founding partner and embezzlement, to sustained growth and two mergers with a multi-state presence. 

Quincy Foster, a LAUNCH graduate, captures moments while at work during a wedding.

Entrepreneurship promotes community development in South Memphis

Advance Memphis can't repair decades of disinvestment, generational poverty and community decline, but the nonprofit can set ZIP 38126 on the right path by connecting entrepreneurs with resources to start their own businesses. 

Mickele Bridges collaborates with other students to produce a song in Cloud901's recording studio.

After two years, Memphis Music Initiative marks improvement in arts opportunities for youth

Children from disadvantaged neighborhoods are less likely to interact with music and arts programming. The Memphis Music Initiative removes those barriers by investing and supporting neighborhood and school-based art programs.

In the largest spontaneous protest in Memphis history, more than 1,000 people shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge in a demonstration of Black Lives Matter.

In their own words: Organizers recount Memphis' massive Black Lives Matter protest one year later

The people of Memphis argue that the story of the Memphis bridge protest on July 10, 2016, is an important one. It must not be twisted.
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