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VOL. 133 | NO. 31 | Monday, February 12, 2018

The Week Ahead: Feb. 12-18, 2018

Daily News staff

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Good morning, Memphis! The 50th anniversary of the historic sanitation workers’ strike is remembered this week, a Pulitzer Prize winning author visits to speak about innovation and we get to hear the first declaration of “Play Ball” this year by an umpire at FedExPark. Oh, and don’t forget the waffles.



It was 50 years ago Monday that Memphis sanitation workers went on strike following the death of workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker, who were crushed in a truck’s trash compactor. The strike quickly became much more than a labor dispute, drawing national attention and the presence of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. On the 50th anniversary of the start of the strike, Rev. William Barber, the leader of a new Poor People’s Campaign, will be the featured speaker at a 3 p.m. rally at Clayborn Temple, 249 Hernando St. Barber is the Goldsboro, North Carolina, minister leading the larger Moral Mondays movement that began as protests in North Carolina’s state capital of Raleigh in 2013. King was organizing a Poor People’s Campaign protest in Washington, D.C., at the time of the strike and his assassination on April 4, 1968. Monday’s rally will also include calls for a $15 minimum wage.

Rev. Dan Matthews (calvarymemphis.org)

If it’s Lent in Memphis there must be waffles. Calvary Episcopal Church opens its Waffle Shop Thursday for the Lenten season, which also marks the debut of Calvary’s annual Lenten Preaching Series. First up is Dan Matthews of St. John the Divine in New York City. The series is timed to fit the preaching message and waffles into a lunch hour. There also are some evening times and dates for the series. You can do preaching or waffles or both. The Waffle Shop, which is closing in on being a century-old tradition, is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through March 23. 

Thursday at noon is the deadline for candidates to file for the May 1 Shelby County primary elections. Nearly 100 citizens have pulled qualifying petitions to run in the Democratic and Republican primaries for the 23 county offices on the May ballot. About half of them had followed through and filed at the end of last week. Once the filing deadline is past, those who have filed have a week to reconsider and withdraw if they wish. Early voting for May runs April 11-26. The winners of the primaries advance to the Aug. 2 county general election ballot.

Thomas Friedman


Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Friedman is in Memphis Wednesday to speak at a Greater Memphis Chamber and Leadership Tennessee event on innovation. Friedman’s speech at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis at 7:30 a.m. is one of three he is giving across the state – the others are in Nashville and Knoxville.

On Tuesday, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will review the applications of two development groups looking to begin projects in the city’s core. First on the agenda is 529 S. Front Street LLC’s three-story, 7,500-square-foot building that would go where the Downtown Blue Monkey once stood at 529 S. Front St. They are seeking a nine-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) for the $1.6 million project. Additionally, PMT Investments is seeking an 11-year PILOT for its $1.9 million project in Midtown. Dubbed The Flats at Overton Square, the 11,000-square-foot building is slated to fill in a vacant lot on Diana Street near its intersection with Monroe Avenue. It would include four live/work units on the ground floor and 12 traditional apartment units on upper floors.

University of Memphis pitcher Jonathan Bowlan (The University of Memphis Athletics)

The University of Memphis baseball team opens its 2018 season at 4 p.m. Friday vs. Western Kentucky at FedExPark. The three-game series continues with first pitch at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Memphis Grizzlies play their last game before the NBA All-Star break at 7 p.m. Wednesday at FedExForum vs. Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. For more information, go to www.grizzlies.com or call -901-888-HOOP.

The Mississippi RiverKings will be on the home ice at the Landers Center on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game. It is “Turnt Tuesday” with $2 hot dogs and soda and trivia. Go to http://riverkings.com/schedule for details on tickets and promotions.

(Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

Loflin Yard, at 7 W. Carolina Ave., is hosting a singer-songwriter night – “Valentine’s Edition” – Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. There’s no cover for the Valentine’s Day event. Participants will get to enjoy a candle-lit, acoustic performance in the venue’s Coach House that features Susan Marshall, Rebecca Almond, Jana Misener and Misti Rae Holton. There will be special priced Smoke House specialties, half-off bottles of wine and discounted beer and cocktails.

Playhouse on the Square, at 66 S. Cooper St., is hosting the second Plant the Parkways Community Meeting on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The meeting is a result of Volunteer Memphis – an initiative of Leadership Memphis – in tandem with Memphis City Beautiful getting a $225,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation for Plant the Parkways. The project calls for planting up to 1,000 trees along North, South and East Parkways. Part of the grant is involving the community in the process – giving them updates, and helping the community learn how it can be involved.

Memphis College of Art will host its revamped Senior Showcase, “Creatives: Employees of the Future,” Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at MCA, 1930 Poplar Ave. Mix and mingle with 40 graduating MCA seniors from a variety of disciplines who are showcasing their work. The event is open to all interested parties, from local businesses and organizations to potential art buyers and alumni. Registration is required. Visit mca.edu for details.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis will host its annual Youth of the Year Competition Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hattiloo Theatre, 37 Cooper St. Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. Candidates best embody the values of leadership, service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles. Audience seating is limited. RSVP at bgcm.org.


The Daily News staff compiles The Week Ahead for you, our readers, every week. You'll receive it as part of our Monday online edition. Email associate editor Kate Simone at ksimone@memphisdailynews.com if you have items for consideration.

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