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The Soulsville Charter School announces 100-percent College Acceptance for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Another “audacious” goal attained during school’s 10th anniversary

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July 25, 2015 will mark the 10th anniversary of the first day of classes at The Soulsville Charter School (TSCS).

School spokespersons can’t think of a better way to mark this milestone by announcing that for the fourth year, 100 percent of its seniors have been accepted to colleges and universities.

Among this year’s class of 66 seniors, the largest graduation class yet for the school, they have so far received almost 400 letters of acceptance – an average of approximately six colleges/universities per student to – 121 different four- and two-year colleges. And the letters of acceptance and scholarship offers are still coming in.

Already, each senior in the school’s first three graduating classes, beginning in 2012, was accepted to college. The 141 seniors in those classes received scholarships and grants totally more than $20 million, with the graduates now attending such schools as Rhodes College, Tufts University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, University of Memphis, and others.

The class of 2015 has so far been accepted to 30 colleges/universities across the state of Tennessee and 91 out of state. Just some of the schools are University of Notre Dame, Howard, Morehouse, Spelman, Hollins University, Wofford College, Murray State University, Oglethorpe University, George Mason University, Emory University, University of Memphis, The University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Rhodes College, Sewanee: The University of the South, LeMoyne-Owen College, Christian Brothers University, Lane College, and Middle Tennessee State University.

The school’s college counseling team will now be working strategically throughout April and May, meeting individually with each senior and his or her family to review all options on the table. The counselors present the choices in terms of academic, personal (social-emotional, family support, etc.), and financial fit, and encourage students and families to make the wisest choice in relation to each of those factors for the student’s specific situation.

TSCS Executive Director NeShante Brown states, “Now that 100% of our seniors have been accepted to college for the fourth year in a row, our charge going forward is ensuring that each senior’s post-secondary pathway is the right fit, supporting our alumni’s’ success while they are in college, and continually improving upon our students’ attainment of college readiness while on our campus.”

For more information about TSCS, please visit www.thesoulsvillecharterschool.org.

Stax Museum Of American Soul Music Wins Arts Leadership Award, 2015 Governor’s Arts Award!

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Started in 2003, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music has again brought soul music and the Memphis Sound to the forefront of American culture and restored the legacy of legendary recording studio Stax Records. During its remarkable 15 year run, the label scored more than 167 songs on the Top 100 pop charts and an astonishing 243 hits on the Top 100 R&B charts. Stax Records was the hit maker responsible for launching the careers of many iconic singers, including Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Sam & Dave, Albert King and the Staple Singers.

Today, the Stax Museum preserves and promotes the rich history and culture of Stax Records and American soul music. But even more so, the museum upholds the value of soul music for the past and present and uses music as a catalyst today to revitalize a neighborhood, improve education and transform lives. What started as a museum and foundation to now includes a thriving academic college preparatory school and music academy.

Established on the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in Memphis, Stax Records’ commitment to social good has always been a part of the message of Stax Records. A forward-thinking company in the midst of segregation, Stax Records was a culture changer—becoming one of the first establishments to integrate its workplace, invest in African American businesses and neighborhoods and expand into multimedia production. By the 1970s, following the boom and bust of the recording business and changing musical tastes, Stax was forced into involuntary bankruptcy, but its influence among newer generations of musical artists never waned.

It took until 2003 for a group of concerned Memphis citizens to reclaim the abandoned Stax Records lot and memorialize the space with the building of a museum on the original site. The project revived the Memphis tourism industry and brought global attention to American soul music. Time magazine named the Stax Museum “the most authentic American experience in Tennessee” in 2008 and National Geographic called Memphis one of the “Best of 2013” Top 20 Cities to Visit in the World, largely due to Stax.

Currently, the Soulsville Foundation provides monetary support and leadership for the Stax Museum and its affiliate organizations. The foundation launched Stax Music Academy in 2000 to provide area youth the opportunity to develop their music capabilities, gain performance opportunities and carry the torch of soul music to the next generation. In addition, the foundation started The Soulsville Charter School in 2005 to “prepare students for success in college and life in an academically rigorous, music-rich environment.” Both affiliates have successfully reached the South Memphis community and made measureable impacts. The public charter school currently serves 625 students in grades 6-12 and boasts a 100% college acceptance rate for all its graduating classes. 

Today, thanks to the Stax Museum, Soulsville youth are developing their academic and musical potential, a community is being revitalized and a legacy is being honored.  Visitors from around the world are being exposed to the gritty sounds of soul music, and gaining knowledge of the rich history and talent behind the songs. Without a doubt, Stax Museum has advanced the value of a Memphis-born music tradition to Tennessee and beyond.

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Memphis Grizzlies and Soulsville Foundation announce Staxtacular Presented by SunTrust

The Memphis Grizzlies and the Soulsville Foundation are bringing the worlds of basketball, music, and mentoring together for the Soulsville Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, Staxtacular 2015 Presented by SunTrust.

  • What: Staxtacular Presented by SunTrust
  • When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 7 pm until midnight
  • Where: Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Avenue

Hosted by Memphis Grizzles’ Tony Allen, Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, and other representatives from the team, the eleventh annual Staxtacular Presented by SunTrust will feature international cuisine stations, open bars and custom cocktails, live and silent auctions, and live music by the Stax Music Academy and the Bo-Keys with special guest Stax legend William Bell.

After being inspired by the Stax Records legacy and encouraged by the Soulsville Foundation’s work with at-risk young people, former Grizzlies players Shane Battier and Brian Cardinal and their wives offered to host a fundraiser in 2005, which became Staxtacular. Since then, new Grizzlies players have taken on the host roles and Staxtacular has become one of the most popular fundraising events of the year in Memphis. It has raised more than $900,000 to date. The Grizzlies and Soulsville Foundation expect Staxtacular 2015 to increase that to over $1 million.

Staxtacular 2015 will feature the opportunity to bid on NBA memorabilia, travel packages, original artwork, music-related packages, and more during and live, silent, and online auctions.

Tickets to Staxtacular are $150 each and may be purchased by calling 901-261-6338 or online at www.staxtacular.com.

The Soulsville Foundation is a Memphis, Tennessee-based nonprofit organization that operates the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Stax Music Academy, and The Soulsville Charter School. In addition to operating the world’s only soul music museum, its mission is to provide leadership and financial support that promotes and utilizes the music and heritage of Soulsville USA to develop young people for lifelong success. For more information, please log onto www.soulsvillefoundation.org.