The Memphis Urban League – Pamela Lee

The Memphis Urban League – Pamela Lee

Memphis Urban League

Pamela Lee’s Story

 

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In my early 20’s I started hanging around family and childhood friends that were drug dealers.  This was in the late 80’s early 90’s. It started off as a glamorous lifestyle, full of fun and fast money. Then in the early to mid 90’s, the hustle became violent and dangerous.  I have plenty of painful memories from that time in my life.  One of the most painful was seeing my lifelong friend with a large portion of his head shot off.

My cousin and 3 of our childhood friends were riding in his drop top mustang.  Several guys approached them as they were pulling up to the house.  The guys were robbers dressed as undercover police with large guns.  When the guys realized that it was a setup, they sped off.  The robbers chased the car, shooting over 40 bullets.  When the car stopped, our friend was slumped over with his brains on the back of my cousin’s shirt, and blood all over the back seat and the floor.  He was shot with an AK-47 several times and died on the scene.  To see his brains out and watch him take his last breath was more than devastating!  This was around the time I realized I needed to make some changes in my life.

I realized I needed to make some changes in my life…

I had 1 child then, my son LaDarius was about 3-4 yrs old. Every weekend all the drug dealers would meet up on our street and have a kind of street party.  One weekend I had my son out in the street with us dancing.  He was having a blast.   My son looked up to me and said “Momma, I wanna be like them when I grow up. I want 2 beepers and a Jerri curl”. I knew exactly what that meant.  He was seeing these drug dealers as role models.  It made him want to be one of them.  That resonated in my soul, and I realized that was not the life I wanted for him.

One day I prayed to God and I said “God, if you are real, show me. I want to know you for myself”.  And just as I asked He did!  He spoke to me concerning my life and said He didn’t create me to be the person I was.  He said He had more for me, but in order for me to receive it, I would have to give up all that I had received from the hustle life.  He said I could not keep anything.  It was a hard choice but I did as God instructed. I had nothing.  I was on welfare, section 8 and food stamps.  While on welfare, I knew that was not the life I wanted to live.  I always wanted to be a businesswoman.

God, if you are real, show me. I want to know you for myself…

I decided to attend school through the Welfare to Work program.  I chose The Memphis Urban League Computer Training Program.  My sister had also attended and spoke very highly about it.  Once there I knew that was the beginning of something great!  Not only did I learn computer skills, but we had to dress professional every day.  I learned business etiquette, how to dress for interviews, how to speak properly, how to properly interview, and how to research the company before an interview, among other things.  I was excited to learn so many new and wonderful skills. This environment fit me, it felt right. Not only did The Urban League help me in my professional life, but I also met one of my best friends there, and we are still friends to this day… she also works for me.

Not long after graduation, I got the job of my dreams in an office.  I got hired at The Postal Employees Credit Union.  This allowed me to not only use my computer training, but my business etiquette training, along with other skills that I received from The Urban League.  I loved that job and worked there for about 10 years.  I knew I wanted more.  Using the research skills I’d received from The Urban League, I started researching and teaching myself about entrepreneurship.  I decided I wanted to own a child care center.

There was no or very little access to the internet back then so I went to the library and researched.  I went to seminars and read newspaper articles and bought books on personal development.  It took me 8 years of research and many rejections before I finally got a yes and bought Cooper Cottage School in the Historic Cooper Young Community.  I am proud to say that I have owned it now for 18 years!!  I have created job security for many throughout the years including my dad (retired), my mom, my sister, and my brother who are all presently employed there.  I give The Memphis Urban League Computer Training Center credit for creating the foundation I needed to acquire my dream.  If I had not taken the opportunity in The Welfare to Work Program and chose The Urban League, I’m not sure where my life’s path would have taken me.

Today, I am a motivational speaker, sharing my life’s journey with women and young people with the hopes of letting them know that all things are possible to them that believe.  If you can believe it, you really can achieve it. I’m living proof.  I encourage them to take those positive opportunities that are presented to them.  Use these opportunities to improve or change their circumstances.

 

If you can believe it, you really can achieve it…

Today I honor God for my entire life’s journey. I’m thankful to Him for all of my experiences.  These experiences molded me and gave me a determination that I may not have had.  These experiences led me to The Memphis Urban League Computer Training Center.  The changes that The Memphis Urban League Computer Training Center extended to me is perpetual.  I am now the mother of 3. I have taught each of my children entrepreneurship.  Today, I’m not only working to create a legacy but also to create generational wealth.

So, I say thank you to The Memphis Urban League Computer Training Center. More importantly, I say thank you to God for all my many blessings and making my crooked places straight.  Because God has blessed me, it is my desire to continue to motivate women and young people beyond their present circumstances and into their greater self.  For them to be all that God has created them to be, and for them to be a living example of how you can change your negatives into positives.

 

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The Influence of the Memphis Urban League

The Influence of the Memphis Urban League

The influence of the memphis urban league

An interview with the president/ceo of St louis urban league

By Michael P. McMillan

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HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INVOLVED WITH THE URBAN LEAGUE?

So my late Uncle introduced me to the Urban League at 10 years old, he had been the chairman of our board of directors here at St Louis. He was the most impactful and significant organization in the black community in America in terms of actually getting the job done of helping out people. He told me that when I got old enough that I should join and become a member and get involved and become an Urban Leaguer for life. He told me to wait so I could buy my own membership with my own money and my own job, so I did that and I joined on my 16th birthday and to his credit he was absolutely right. Later on when I was going to college to get a degree in African-American studies, the Urban League Stepped in along with my University and gave me an academic scholarship. Later, from age 24 until 30, I was on the board of directors of the Urban League and the executive committee and chaired the development committee, so it’s a long long history and I became a life member of the agency.

TELL US THREE THINGS YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THE URBAN LEAGUE?

1. I would say, number one, that in my estimation and what I’ve seen in my lifetime is that the Urban League as an organization is best positioned in this entire country and in Memphis local markets to be the most effective vehicle towards taking the conversation about equality and actually making it a reality through programs and policy advocacy for African-Americans along with other disenfranchised people who need our Assistance.

2. I would also think at this particular critical juncture in the course of American history that there’s no better time to become a part of the Urban League movement than now. Because what we see is that the pendulum of justice and equality is that it does not always swing in the directions that we want it to. So it can swing backwards and people will attempt to take us back to a time where equality and justice and advocacy for those in need is not in the forefront of the conversation. I definitely believe that this is the absolute most important time to be a part of the Urban League movement for those of us who want America to be the great democracy that it can be in terms of everyone having an equal seat at the table and being able to participate and enjoy the American dream.

3. No matter what your call is, no matter what your passion or your purpose is, there is a place for you at the Urban League. So whether you are passionate about education, health care, housing, economic development, black owned businesses, job training, GED, etc., there is some place for you at the Urban League. There’s no need to join another organization, there’s no need to create a new organization, you can channel all of your passion and purpose into the Urban League and potentially you could turn it into your profession; which is what i was blessed to be able to do at the agency.

LETS TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE, WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?

I’m excited about our Outreach and our adjustments for millennials so that each new generation that gets engaged with the agency can leave its stamp, its mark, and its Legacy on the Urban League. When you’ve been around for a hundred years, you have to change to become a part of the current fabric of society. So I’m always excited to get and see young people getting involved and hear what they have to say and how committed they want to be. So I’m excited about that for the future because, quite frankly, that’s the only way that we will survive. We cannot just a live on and talk about what we’ve done in the past hundred years, we have to be relevant to the market, deal with the demand of today, and be prepared for the future.

SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE AFRICAN AMERICANS, TELL US WHY BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE URBAN LEAGUE TODAY IS SO IMPORTANT.

Well I think it’s more important than ever because everything that we have achieved in this country has been efforts to make the United States live up to what it said on the Constitution. We Proclaim ourselves as the greatest democracy in the history of humanity, and with that being the foundation of our country, how do we create a more perfect union where African-Americans can be treated whole and become a full part of society? This has been an issue that has been going on for obviously centuries, and so for me, the Urban League is best positioned to actualize the conversation and the discussion about equality because we are always the ones that actually create the program’s to give people the job, the scholarship, the GED, the housing, the food, the clothing, of whatever they need.

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AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE ST. LOUIS CHAPTER, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TANJA HERE IN MEMPHIS?

You are too kind to give me the ability to even give advice. We were actually in the same leadership class, she is very well respected among her colleagues across the country and very well liked and admired for her tenacity, her hard work, and her dedication to the movement. She wants to see the community advanced and she gets people to come there from a tourist attraction standpoint and invest. When she asked me to come I said absolutely, I would be honored to participate and be of some help.

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TELL US THREE THINGS YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THE URBAN LEAGUE?

1. I would say, number one, that in my estimation and what I’ve seen in my lifetime is that the Urban League as an organization is best positioned in this entire country and in Memphis local markets to be the most effective vehicle towards taking the conversation about equality and actually making it a reality through programs and policy advocacy for African-Americans along with other disenfranchised people who need our Assistance.

2. I would also think at this particular critical juncture in the course of American history that there’s no better time to become a part of the Urban League movement than now. Because what we see is that the pendulum of justice and equality is that it does not always swing in the directions that we want it to. So it can swing backwards and people will attempt to take us back to a time where equality and justice and advocacy for those in need is not in the forefront of the conversation. I definitely believe that this is the absolute most important time to be a part of the Urban League movement for those of us who want America to be the great democracy that it can be in terms of everyone having an equal seat at the table and being able to participate and enjoy the American dream.

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I’m excited about our Outreach and our adjustments for millennials so that each new generation that gets engaged with the agency can leave its stamp, its mark, and its Legacy on the Urban League. When you’ve been around for a hundred years, you have to change to become a part of the current fabric of society. So I’m always excited to get and see young people getting involved and hear what they have to say and how committed they want to be. So I’m excited about that for the future because, quite frankly, that’s the only way that we will survive. We cannot just a live on and talk about what we’ve done in the past hundred years, we have to be relevant to the market, deal with the demand of today, and be prepared for the future.

SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE AFRICAN AMERICANS, TELL US WHY BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE URBAN LEAGUE TODAY IS SO IMPORTANT.

Well I think it’s more important than ever because everything that we have achieved in this country has been efforts to make the United States live up to what it said on the Constitution. We Proclaim ourselves as the greatest democracy in the history of humanity, and with that being the foundation of our country, how do we create a more perfect union where African-Americans can be treated whole and become a full part of society? This has been an issue that has been going on for obviously centuries, and so for me, the Urban League is best positioned to actualize the conversation and the discussion about equality because we are always the ones that actually create the program’s to give people the job, the scholarship, the GED, the housing, the food, the clothing, of whatever they need.

We have made tremendous stride and made tremendous advancements as a people in this country, but the masses of the black community are still suffering from these enormous disparities in healthcare, education, economics, overall net worth and credit scores, financial empowerment, and so many different things that we see again and again and again. We must as a community all be involved in lifting all of us up so that we can one day get to that point where we don’t sit here still as the ethnic minority. We need to work hard so that one day we can get out of that situation and actually realize full equality, and there’s no better position individually to do it other than us as a people.

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You are too kind to give me the ability to even give advice. We were actually in the same leadership class, she is very well respected among her colleagues across the country and very well liked and admired for her tenacity, her hard work, and her dedication to the movement. She wants to see the community advanced and she gets people to come there from a tourist attraction standpoint and invest. When she asked me to come I said absolutely, I would be honored to participate and be of some help.

I would just say keep on keeping on, it’s not very profound, but quite frankly this is a very difficult position and it has a huge amount of stress attached to it. There are so many constant issues that come up between the police, community, electoral, and in the government. Bringing the races together, having better race relations, and helping the least of these is important. Even in a Biblical standpoint when we all stand before God on Judgement Day we will not be asked how big our house was, how much money we had, or how much we lived a life of materialism. But Instead will be asked, when I was hungry did you feed me and when i was naked did you clothe me. That’s what Tanja does and the Urban League does and we must continue that work.

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Paint Memphis

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Paint Memphis
Largest collaborative Mural In tennessee
By Karen B. Golightly

 

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I helped to start Paint Memphis in 2015 after many years photographing street art all over the world. I kept traveling to other cities, big and small, and would walk out of a restaurant or an office building, and I would see walls covered in all sorts of art. Some of it was graffiti; some were murals, but it was all paint transforming the drab walls of a building. My face lit up at the colors, messages, skill, all of the effort that these artists put into making these works.

But I would return to Memphis and walk or drive around, and I wouldn’t see anything but grey wall after grey wall. I talked to the Mayor’s office, and they struggled with their own concept of what art was and how to combat graffiti in blighted areas. They kept painting over it with various shades of grey, trying to keep it “clean.” But really, they were just creating a new palette for someone to paint on again.

After three years, and with the help of the Greater Memphis Greenline, the organizers of Paint Louis, and other Memphians, I finally convinced the mayor’s office to give us a wall in North Memphis. It was a flood wall on Chelsea Avenue at Evergreen that hadn’t seen any flooding and behind it was a field with weeds taller than me. It had been used as a dumping site, and was filled with broken glass, rats, trash, even tires and mattresses.  They only gave us one side of the wall, as they didn’t really understand why we wanted to paint it and how we were going to do so without any funding from them.
 
So, we ran an ioby fundraiser, called every artist we had ever met, invited the general public, conducted neighborhood meetings, and basically begged folks for paint, rollers, food and drinks for the artists, volunteers, tents, anything that would help us create the largest collaborative mural in Tennessee. People saw how excited we were and they did help us. They gave us spray paint, bucket paint, barbeque, drinks, ice chests, tents, and snacks for our painters. We set up guidelines, established by the neighborhood, including no nudity, drugs or gang imagery, and no profanity. We planned it for the middle of July, which seemed like a great idea, except that we all almost died from heat exposure and dehydration.

The result was amazing, though. These artists volunteered their time and materials. The wall popped with color. The neighbors came out to help paint and even brought us water and food. And even the city was pleased with the outcome.

In 2016, they gave us the other side of the wall, the Chelsea side. And they made it a permission wall, the only city-sanctioned permission wall in Memphis. We moved the date to September, which was one of the best decisions we ever made. I started writing grants to try to fund the event. We got more sponsors and doubled our artists and square footage.

In 2017, we decided to move to Willett between Central and Lamar, where more grey walls awaited paint. We cleaned the area, which was a walk through for foot traffic, of trash. We weeded and cut down poison ivy. We buffed every wall that needed primer, including the Altown skateboard park. We worked with several community and volunteer organizations as well as neighbors and businesses to make those walls come to life.  Over 170 artists painted 33,000 square feet at the Lamar location, a combination of public and privately-owned properties. We kept the same guidelines as before and every artist adhered to them. As always, the artists worked together, connected and shared their techniques, skills, and materials. To me, it was a great success. We had a diverse group of artists from all backgrounds, socio-economic classes, ethnicities, ages, genders, paint styles, and techniques. The area that had appeared to be abandoned and neglected was transformed overnight, thanks to the generous help of artists, neighbors, the private property owner, the Memphis Fire Department, MLG&W, and countless others.

But Dustin Spagnola’s giant zombie mural started a discussion that still goes on today. Some people love it. Others don’t. The discussion of that one mural, which was on private property, led to more debates about the nature of art, what is perceived as offensive, and even racism. That one mural not only changed the way that Paint Memphis functions, but it also did something that no other art in Memphis has done before: it got people in Memphis talking about art. There are some exceptions. People talk about Tylur French’s bicycle arch quite a bit. And everyone takes a picture in front of Brandon Marshall’s I Love Memphis mural in Cooper Young. But people from all over Memphis and surrounding areas started debating the nature of public art and what should and should not be allowed.
But Dustin Spagnola’s giant zombie mural started a discussion that still goes on today. Some people love it. Others don’t. The discussion of that one mural, which was on private property, led to more debates about the nature of art, what is perceived as offensive, and even racism. That one mural not only changed the way that Paint Memphis functions, but it also did something that no other art in Memphis has done before: it got people in Memphis talking about art. There are some exceptions. People talk about Tylur French’s bicycle arch quite a bit. And everyone takes a picture in front of Brandon Marshall’s I Love Memphis mural in Cooper Young. But people from all over Memphis and surrounding areas started debating the nature of public art and what should and should not be allowed.
People, who had never even met me, called me all sorts of names, assumed all sorts of things about me and the volunteer Paint Memphis board, all because of Dustin Spagnola’s mural. It led to discussions about neighborhood input on public art, even if it’s not residential and doesn’t break any code enforcement laws. It resulted in debates between individuals, between neighborhoods and neighborhood associations, arts organizations, you name it: on race, on what is considered “obscene,” on how someone with my background, who looks like me, has a right to organize anything at all. Everyone, including my mailman, had an opinion on Paint Memphis 2017. It led me away from people I had once admired, and toward people I had never met before, all of whom gave me valuable advice on how to move forward in a positive way.

It even ended up in City Council, and now, due to other murals that were buffed by the City, is part of a lawsuit that is groundbreaking for both Memphis and national artists. In many ways, Dustin’s zombie mural started a conversation in Memphis that needed to happen. It has addressed more than just art, but issues of life as a Memphian, and all of the history and comes with that.

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Every year we’ve learned lessons. I’m sure that Paint Memphis 2018 will be no different. We are relocating to 711 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue on private property. The theme is Dream Bigger, in honor of Memphis’ history and MLK50. We’ve held a community meeting, created an interactive feedback mural at the site, conducted a door-to-door survey of the surrounding neighborhoods, and have an online survey at paintmemphis.org for more feedback for this year’s event. We expect about 75-100 artists to participate, half local and half from out of town. All of them are talented and excited about the possibilities of transforming empty warehouses and grey walls into colorful, interesting, thought-provoking works of art on September 29. And so are we.

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Music Lineup – Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival 2018!

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Join us Saturday, September 15 for a day of music at the biggest party of the summer.  September 15 is the date of this year’s Cooper Young Festival presented by Evolve Bank and Trust.  What a selection of music we have! Seventeen musical acts highlighting all age groups on three stages – it doesn’t get better than this.

The Main Stage kicks off with local folk singer, songwriter Tony Manard and His Big Ole Band promptly at 11:15 a.m. and goes on throughout the day highlighting some of the best of the best musicians in Memphis.  Horns, violins, blues, soul, rock and roll; get ready to experience some of Memphis’ finest.  Be sure to see new comer Jason Lee McKinney mid-day and FreeWorld celebrating 31 years together in 2018 with Dr. Herman Green on the sax at 4:15 p.m.   We are excited to have International Blues Challenge runner up Fuzzy Jeffries as our Headliner with the Kings of Memphis.  Main Stage is located directly in front of the Young Avenue Deli on Young Avenue.

The Memphis Grizzlies Stage will be highlighting artists associated with the Cooper Young recording label, 5 and Dime Recording.  Maddie Caldwell kicks off the day!  This teenage singer, songwriter is emerging as the new face of the Memphis anti-folk scene. Maddie’s music is a melodic homage to an inner-city kid’s life via banjo and ukulele.  This high energy goes all day long and at 4:30 p.m. Negro Terror will step on the stage. This band hit over 50,000 views and climbing on You Tube with their Beale Street Caravan video “Voice of Memphis” taking the Skinhead/Oi anthem and turning it on its head Memphis style.  Featured on Afropunk, their new album “Paranoia” drops September 11, 2018.   The Memphis Grizzlies Stage is located at the intersection of Young Avenue and Meda Street.

The stage located in the First Congo Church parking lot will highlight a ton of new Memphis bands many sure to change the look of music over the coming years. You don’t want to miss already popular Americana duo, Me and Leah starting at 12:15 p.m. The Rally Owls with Keytar player, Aimee Guerin, is a must see. This stage is all about the rock and roll with a little bit of country and blues thrown in.

Music Lineup

Main Stage

11:15 a.m.             Tony Manard and His Big Ole Band 
12:15 p.m.            Rice Drewry Collective 
  1:15 p.m.            Nick Black Band 
  2:15 p.m.           Jason Lee McKinney
  3:15 p.m.           The Fast Mothers 
  4:15 p.m.           FreeWorld with Dr. Herman Green
  5:15 p.m.           HEADLINER – Fuzzy Jeffries and the Kings of Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies Stage

12:30 p.m.            Maddie Caldwell
  1:30 p.m.            Ellie Badge
  2:30 p.m.           Switchblade Kid
  3:30 p.m.           The Rough Hearts
  4:30 p.m.           Negro Terror

first congo Stage

  1:15 p.m.            Shufflegrit
  2:15 p.m.           Low Country Nationals
  3:15 p.m.           Land Divided
  4:15 p.m.           Rally Owls
Cooper Young Festival is the best place to spend this day in September enjoying some great Memphis music, shopping, people watching, patio sitting, dancing and hanging out with friends.  Don’t miss the biggest most anticipated party of the summer located in Memphis’ largest historic district.
Thank you to our sponsors for making this year’s Cooper Young Festival possible.  The 2018 Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival Sponsors are Commercial Appeal, Miller Lite, Memphis Grizzlies, Sprouts Farmers Market, Methodist Healthcare, Albert Cook Plumbing, Jim Keras Subaru, Summer Winds Resorts, Semmes Murphey Clinic, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, Lasik Vision Institute, ProShow Systems, Memphis Animal Clinic, AT&T, Choate’s HVAC, Lowe’s, Focal Point, MetroPCS, Rock 102.7, 101.9 KISS FM, 600 WREC, CW 30, Local 24 and Toof American Digital Printing.
 

Festival starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, visit www.cooperyoungfestival.com
 

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