TED conferences address a wide range of topics concerning the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling.
There's never a slow news week in Jackson, Miss., and last week was no exception. Here are the local stories JFP reporters brought you in case you missed them:
- Before his death, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s administration was developing a human-rights commission. Close advisers to the mayor, including his son, Chokwe A. Lumumba, who is running for mayor, say the commission remains in the works.
- John Sledge, a south Jackson resident, led a group of community members to reinvigorate neighborhood-watch groups that led to a steep drop in crime.
- Recent flooding has highlighted the urgency to address Jackson's longstanding problems with flooding, as well as its aging sewer system that led to a roughly $400 million EPA consent decree.
- On Nov. 6, Jackson attorney, developer and Jackson Chamber of Commerce board member David Pharr will host TEDx Jackson, the first TED conference in Mississippi.
- Groups such as the Ashburn, Va.-based Radiance Foundation have used ads to cast abortion as akin to genocide of African American children. Others are crying foul play.
- At the Mississippi College School of Law, Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber and attorney Chokwe A. Lumumba went head to head, addressing city issues and inquiring about each other's suitability to serve the Jackson people.
- Fondren After 5 is experiencing an influx of energy and excitement these days, as organizers reinvigorate the monthly event.
- Gwendolyn Magee, who died in 2011, drew international acclaim for her striking quilts, which elevated an African and African American folk tradition to fine art.
- On Saturday, April 19, the racial-harmony-focused Jackson 2000 celebrated its 25th anniversary and honored Michael Raff and, posthumously, the late mayor Chokwe Lumumba.
- Take a look at where the Jackson mayoral runoff candidates stand on some of the most important issues here.
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