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VOL. 133 | NO. 46 | Monday, March 5, 2018

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Handwritten MLK Speech to Be Displayed at U of M

The University of Memphis is set to display the original copy, complete with handwritten notes, of the historic speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered to the General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Chicago on July 6, 1965.

The speech, which will be on display in the McWherter Library rotunda March 26 to April 16, marked the first time King publicly declared, “We shall overcome,” which became a rallying cry for the civil rights movement.

Memphis philanthropist Avron B. Fogelman bought the 20-page speech at auction for $382,000 and granted the U of M the exclusive opportunity to display the artifact on campus.

“Growing up in Memphis, I had a special feeling for what Dr. King accomplished, so I was especially pleased to have the opportunity to own this iconic speech in which Dr. King first wrote the phrase most closely associated with the civil rights movement,” Fogelman said in a statement.

The display opens with an unveiling ceremony March 26 at 9:30 a.m. in the McWherter Library, and it will be on view through April 16 in recognition of the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.

Hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

– Don Wade

McNeal Graphics Hires New President

McNeal Graphics Group has hired John T. Bobbitt as the president of McNeal Graphics in Memphis; PPI in Tupelo, Mississippi; and Image Screen Printing in Pontotoc, Mississippi. Bobbitt brings more than 37 years of experience in sales management, marketing and business operations to the Memphis-based print communications company.

He most recently served as president of McCormick Armstrong, a century-old family-owned printing company in Wichita, Kansas. Previously, he was president of Western Lithograph, the flagship operation of Consolidated Graphics, for 24 years.

Terry Drumwright, owner of McNeal Graphics in Memphis, said the company is intent on remaining a privately owned business “because it allows the flexibility, responsiveness, and personal relationships that our customers appreciate.”

He added that Bobbitt’s experience will allow the company to continue its growth trajectory. McNeal Graphics, located at 3169 Players Club Parkway, specializes in large and complex projects including catalogs, integrated labels, point-of-purchase and large signage, promotional products and corporate apparel. The company’s services include direct mail, fulfillment, warehousing and distribution.

– Daily News staff

Memphis Students Travel to Czech Republic for MIM Exchange

Nine Memphis-area high school students are spending a week studying in the Czech Republic as part of the Memphis in May International Festival’s annual Student Exchange Program.

The students, who left Memphis Friday, March 2, will study at Cesko-Anglicke Gymnazium in the city of Ceské Budejovice. During the exchange, they will stay with local host families and travel to selected areas of the country, including Prague, to visit museums, historic castles and iconic architecture before returning to Memphis Saturday, March 10.

The nine participants were chosen based on academics, community service and communication skills, and completed an essay as part of their application. They represent a variety of schools – Houston High, Lausanne Collegiate School, Middle College High, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Craigmont High, Hollis Price Middle College High and White Station High – and are accompanied by a chaperone from Kingsbury High.

“From the beginning, part of our mission has been to build international relationships, and the relationships our local students will develop with their host families and schools during their stay in the Czech Republic while immersing themselves in the culture can be life-changing,” James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival, said in a statement.

The student exchange, which started in 1989, is open to juniors and seniors at Shelby County public, private and authorized home schools. As part of the program, a small group of students from the Czech Republic will travel to Memphis to study and stay with local host families.

Memphis in May kicks off with the Beale Street Music Festival May 4-6. Other events include International Week (May 7-13), the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (May 16-19) and the Great American River Run and 901Fest (both May 26).

– Daily News staff

Bill Removing Sterilization From Any Sentencing Advances

A proposal by state Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, and Rep. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, to prohibit Tennessee judges from offering defendants reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization passed the Senate by a vote of 22-4 on Thursday, March 1.

Senate Bill 2133 prohibits a court from making a sentencing determination based on defendant’s consent or refusal to any form of temporary or permanent birth control, sterilization, or family planning services, regardless of whether the defendant’s consent is voluntarily given.

“Having children is one of the most important decisions an individual will ever make in his or her life,” Kelsey said in a release. “The decision to have children should be left out of the courtroom.”

Kelsey and Akbari filed the bill in response to a White County judge offering reduced jail time to defendants who volunteered for sterilization. Judge Sam Benningfield said his goal was to break a “vicious cycle” of repeat drug offenders with children.

The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct found that Benningfield violated rules regarding judicial independence, integrity and propriety.

“The offer of undergoing permanent sterilization or using long-acting contraceptives to reduce a judicial sentence is unconscionable,” Akbari said. “After reading about a White County judge who’d issued a standing order offering a 30-day reduction to inmates that received either a vasectomy or birth control implant, I knew the Legislature needed to act to ensure that this type of offer never occurred again. I’m proud of the bi-partisan effort to work on this legislation and I look forward to working toward passing this bill in the House.”

The bill does not prohibit defendants from seeking sterilization services, it just prohibits judges from incentivizing sterilization with reduced jail time. Sen. Lee Harris, D-Memphis, and Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, are co-sponsors.

– Daily News staff

Playhouse Planning 17 Productions for 50th Season

Playhouse on the Square kicks off its 50th season this August with the regional premiere of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

The 2018-19 season, announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, will feature eight productions at Playhouse on the Square, seven at Circuit Playhouse and two at POTS@TheWorks.

Here’s the full lineup:

Playhouse on the Square

• “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” Aug. 10-Sept. 2

• “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Sept. 21-Oct. 7

• “Peter Pan,” Nov. 16-Dec. 30

• “For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday,” Nov. 30-Dec. 22

• “Tuck Everlasting: The Musical,” Jan. 18-Feb. 9, 2019

• “Significant Other,” March 1-24, 2019

• “Cabaret,” May 3-28, 2019

• “Matilda: The Musical,” June 21-July 14, 2019

The Circuit Playhouse

• “Junk,” Aug. 24-Sept. 9

• “Little Women: The Broadway Musical,” Oct. 5-28

• “Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook,” Nov. 23-Dec. 23

• “Sweat,” Jan. 25-Feb. 17, 2019

• “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure,” March 15-April 7, 2019

• “1984,” April 19- May 12, 2019

• “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” June 7-30, 2019


• “Back When Mike Was Kate,” Jan. 4-27, 2019

• “The Miraculous and the Mundane,” July 12-28, 2019

Subscriptions will be available starting in May. For details, visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

– Bill Dries

Tactical Magic Logo Designs Appear in Design Publication

Logos created for two Memphis businesses by local branding agency Tactical Magic have been included in the 10th volume of LogoLounge, a leading publication of branding and identity design work.

One is the “Mojo of Midtown” logo, created for the Midtown Memphis Development Corp., which features a gritty retro-funky style in keeping with the district’s character; the other is the PuppyUp monogram, which represents that organization’s dedication to canine cancer research.

More than 37,000 logos were submitted for publication by the nation’s branding experts who published LogoLounge, but only 10 percent were selected to appear in the design book’s newest publication.

Trace Hallowell, Tactical Magic’s creative director, said his firm’s trademarks have appeared in LogoLounge more than 20 times since the firm was founded 16 years ago.

– Andy Meek

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