MABJ General Body Meeting: From Boss Crump to King Willie

On Saturday, May 20th, the MABJ held a general body meeting, discussing race and Memphis politics.

WREG Political Commentator and U of M Journalism Professor, Otis Sanford, was our speaker. He authored “From Boss Crump to King Willie: How Race Changed Memphis Politics;”  a historical narrative about Memphis politics.

During the meeting, we discussed topics such as the political evolution of Memphis during the 20th century and what happened leading up to the election of Dr. Willie W. Herenton (who had the longest serving term in Memphis history).

In 1939, Memphis had four mayors in a day in a half because of the shenanigans of Boss Crump.

Those four mayors included Crump himself, Watkins Overton, Walter Chandler, and Clifford Davis. The book expounds on what these men added to the history of the city. 

Congratulations to “The Neely Agency’s” Jennifer Sharp for being named the Member of the Month. We are proud of you!

If you’re considering joining the MABJ, now is a great time to do so. Visit www.mabj.org/membership to download an application and pay membership fees for this year.

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MABJ General Body Meeting: Mental Health

On Saturday, April 29th, the MABJ held a general body meeting, expounding on the subject of mental health in the workplace. The theme was “Media and Mental Health: How the Epidemic is Impacting our Journalists.” Leon Freeman, a Clinical Supervisor with Youth Dimensions, spoke about the subject. 

We discussed the following; What’s aired during the first 5 minutes of a newscast, how covering those topics affect the journalists’ psyche, etc.

The meeting’s topic opened a much needed discussion on how a job can affect a journalists personal life and relationships.

Congratulations to WMC’s Jerry Askin for being named the Journalist of the Month. We are proud of you!

If you’re considering joining the MABJ, now is a great time to do so. Visit www.mabj.org/membership to download an application and pay membership fees for this year.

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