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In Memphis, National Commission to Host Public Meeting on the Civic Roles and Responsibilities in Modern America

Posted: August 14, 2018

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

 

In Memphis, National Commission to Host Public Meeting on the Civic Roles and Responsibilities in Modern America

 

MEMPHIS, T.N. – The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service will host a public meeting from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. The meeting will open with an overview of the commission and include a panel of community leaders who will address the history and current state of civic engagement in Memphis as well as explore how individuals can contribute in today’s modern society, specifically in public, national, or military service. The public meeting will conclude with a Q&A and public comment session where the audience can engage the panel and discuss how they can contribute to and serve the city of Memphis. Audience members can also share any ideas and thoughts related to the commission's mandate. The panel will feature Ike Griffith, Special Assistant to the Mayor and Director of the Memphis Office of Youth Services (MOYS); Andrea Hill, Director of Volunteer Memphis, an initiative within Leadership Memphis; Daphene R. McFerren, Executive Director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis; and Tyler Stegall, Project Coordinator of the Human Resources Divisions at the City of Memphis.

 

This is the eighth stop in the commission’s two-year effort to increase participation in national, public, and military service by all Americans and to review the military selective service process.

 

WHAT:            National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service Public Meeting

 

WHEN:            Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:         National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Hooks Hyde Hall, 450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103

 

RSVP:              The event is OPEN Press. Please RSVP with name, position (reporter, camera, photographer, etc.), media outlet, email, and phone to cristina.flores@inspire2serve.gov

 

The bipartisan, 11-member commission was created by Congress last year to develop recommendations to encourage and inspire more Americans—specifically young people—to serve their country and strengthen democracy. The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service is igniting a national conversation about the importance of service as it develops recommendations for the American public, Congress, and the president by March 2020. The commission is working to increase participation in national, public, and military service by all Americans and review the military selective service process. The commission will gather recommendations by holding public meetings, visiting service sites, talking with young people, and meeting with government, nonprofit, civic and for-profit leaders.

 

During their two day visit to Memphis on August 16-17, the commission will focus on civic engagement, roles, and responsibilities by hosting roundtable discussions with civil servants; service-learning trainers and implementers; local business leaders; faith-based communities; trade and vocational school students; and, the Tennessee Air National Guard.

 

The commission invites the public to share comments on its website www.inspire2serve.gov or via its request for comments published in the Federal Register. Please join the digital conversation on service by following the commission on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or by following the hashtag #Inspire2Serve.         

 

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