Economic Development Launched For African-American Community
by Brian Clay
A robust crowd of interested people, crowded the Historic Mount Pisgah C.M.E. to hear former 9TH Congressional Candidate, successful Attorney, & Longtime Community Activist, Ricky Wilkins launch MEMPOWER a community activist movement designed to empower the African American Community in Memphis.
Attorney Wilkins captivated the crowd, with his impassioned speech on how African American Memphians, must elevate its position Politically, Economically, Socially, & even Ecumenically in this community.
Memphis City Councilwoman Jamita Swearengen, Minister Anthony Muhammad, Nation of Islam, University of Memphis Law Professor & Executive Director of PROJECT MI Dr. Demetria Frank, Attorney Corbin Carpenter (Son of Attorney Charles Carpenter) & Historic Mount Pisgah Pastor Willie Ward, joined Wilkins on the platform, speaking @ the July 31st event.
“MEMPOWER, was one of the most moving & informative programs that I ever attended” said Councilwoman Swearengen, who helped organize the Mount Pisgah C.M.E. forum.
“The information shared @ the MEMPOWER Forum was broken down in three specific areas” according to Councilwoman Swearengen”.
“Professor Demetria Frank, provided “INFORMATION” on the Mass Incarceration of African Americans, Minister Anthony Muhammad of the Memphis Mosque of The Nation of Islam, provided the “REVOLATION”, & Attorney Ricky Wilkins provided words of “INSPIRATION” …
Attorney Wilkins is a testimony in his own right, as he is a survivor of Brain Cancer .He told the SILVER STAR NEWS, that when he was hospitalized, that GOD gave him this vision to help impact his people…
“When I decided to run for Congress, I knew I was prepared. However, I was faced with people from my own community that argued with me that I was not ready,” said Wilkins.
“However, I realized that my experiences were leading me down a different path. In every statistical category, African Americans in Memphis are @ the very bottom, unless it is something negative,” said Wilkins.
“When I graduated from Howard University, then Vanderbilt Law School, I came back to Memphis because I knew I could have an impact…When Dr. W.W. Herenton was elected Mayor, I saw Memphis moving into an exciting direction… Fast forward to 2017, & it seems like we have stepped back into time where people like Mayor Henry Loeb & “Boss” Crump, used and manipulated African Americans & our people had zero hope of progress… MEMPOWER is the first step in changing that paradigm”.
Wilkins plans on hosting MEMPOWER Forums throughout the City of Memphis for the next few Months… Minister Anthony Muhammad & Wilkins will be hosting a Forum @ The Memphis Nation of Islam Mosque , New Hope Baptist Church both in August… Plus Attorney Wilkins & Professor Demetria Frank will be Panelist & discussing MEMPOWER @ THE BRIAN CLAY CHRONICLES LECTURE SERIES @LeMoyne Owen College in October.