A version of this story appears in Sunday's The Oklahoman. Philip Anschutz, Barry Corbin and more honored at Western Heritage AwardsDiamonds twinkled with turquoise, cowboy boots matched with tuxedos – and everything else – and Westerners from all walks of life gathered Saturday night at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.The honorees at the 58th Annual Western Heritage Awards ranged from business owners and a chart-topping musician to a journeyman farrier and an Emmy-nominated screen icon.“We want to honor and induct those folks that have made a visible presence to the preservation of the West and its values and ideals,” said Wyatt McCrea, a member of the National Cowboy Museum’s board of directors.“At the same time … this is an opportunity for people who have perfected their craft and live it on a daily basis to be rewarded as well. Where else is a saddle maker or a farrier going to be able to receive an award of this … [Read more...] about Interviews and photos: Philip Anschutz, Barry Corbin and more honored at Western Heritage Awards, hosted by Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross
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In these very pages one year ago we proclaimed 2016 to be the worst year ever. It started off with so much promise and optimism, with the official passing of the torch as the former owner of Watermark turned the reins over to new owner Rick Claggett and Watermark Media became Watermark Publishing Group. President Barack Obama was heading into the final year of his second term and everything seemed in place for another torch to be passed, that of the first black president passing the country off to the first female president. Of course that did not happen. The shooting at Pulse Orlando in June and the election of Donald Trump in November were a one-two punch to the gut in 2016 we didn’t see coming. That blind optimism is what made 2016 the worst year ever. But if 2016 was the year that knocked us down, then 2017 was the year where we got back up and tried to find our footing. In our next issue we will take a deep dive into the first year of Trump and his effect on the LGBTQ … [Read more...] about 2016 was the worst year ever, and 2017 was the year we found our footing
For Cleophus Smith, who has labored as a sanitation worker in Memphis for half a century, it was important to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death by marching a mile and a half in his honor.Dressed nattily in a tweed jacket, blue tie and polished brown leather shoes, the 75-year-old Smith scoffed at those who urged him to ride in a golf cart."I am thinking of the legacy Dr. King left for us to carry on," Smith said as he joined the crowd that filled downtown Memphis. "We're determined to carry it forward.”That theme — of carrying on King’s work — was sounded at events across the country Wednesday, as thousands assembled to recall his death, celebrate his life and rekindle his struggle for economic and social justice.In an echo of King’s visit to Memphis in 1968, scores of men on Wednesday carried black-and-white signs identical to ones carried that year by striking sanitation workers: “I AM A MAN.”Many who … [Read more...] about Pledging to carry on his mission, thousands mark 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, 50 years ago on April 4, 1968, setting off a period of mourning, reflection and anger that gripped America. He was in Memphis to rally support for striking sanitation workers, who were protesting unsafe working conditions, and while on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel (now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum), he was shot once and fatally by James Earl Ray, from the bathroom of a nearby boarding house.By the age of 39, King had become a primary leader of the civil rights movement and had been active since the 1950s as a minister and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was an instrumental figure in protests (in Montgomery, Washington, Selma and elsewhere) and in the passage of landmark civil and voting rights legislation. He had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at 35. In the last years of his life, King faced criticism from some African-American activists who wanted him to … [Read more...] about Who is Martin Luther King Jr. to us, 50 years later?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Austin Catholic in Macomb to name gym after Detroit icon Dave DeBusschere Dave DeBusschere helped Detroit Austin Catholic win the Class A boys basketball state title almost 60 years ago to the day. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Bill Dow, Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 12:00 a.m. ET March 25, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE The game was iconic. Or at least the stars who played in it were. Detroit Austin Catholic and Benton Harbor clashed in a Class A basketball state championship game for the ages almost 60 years ago to the day, a showdown that featured two future … [Read more...] about Austin Catholic in Macomb to name gym after Detroit icon Dave DeBusschere