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It's almost that time TFDW sisters,

TFDW Convention 2018!!!

Hilton Garden Inn

1324 Vann Drive

Jackson, TN 38305

Phone: 731-668-3500


Convention dates: April 20 - 21, 2018

Room rates will vary since our discounted rate of $129.00 expired on 03/29/2018. AARP discounts, as well as others honored discounts, may apply. The rooms are large. The hotel staff has gone above, and beyond to work with us. It's a new hotel and we are their first convention.

Conveniently located right off I-40. See you there!!

Ladies, that sigh you just heard was me exhaling. Our convention is officially in the black with monies still coming in. Thank you, to each one of you that has worked so hard. Thank you, club members for coming, buying ads, the hard work by our convention chairs. My heart is so full. We are Democrats. We don't take our marbles and quit, or attempt to sow the seeds of discord within our organization. We keep moving forward, and fighting harder for the people of our great state. I am so proud to be a Democrat, and I am thankful and proud of you. 

Glenda F. Carter, TFDW President




Proud Drum Roll!!

~Federation sisters~

I am proud to announce that each one of your Grand Division Vice-Presidents will be chartering in NEW Democratic Women Clubs this year at our 61st Annual Convention. Each one of them have worked hard. We are so lucky to have them in our great organization. Glenda F. Carter, TFDW President

I had the honor of meeting Senator Harper many years ago as a young woman just starting out as a worker in the Democratic Party.

Senator Harper's support and hard work for the Tennessee Democratic Party, as well as the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women, has been unwavering. Today, with great sadness, and humble appreciation, we say thank you, Senator Harper, for a job well done.

TFDW President, Glenda F. Carter

This one, hurts as well. State Representative, Johnnie Turner, you will be deeply missed.

Glenda F. Carter, TFDW President



NASHVILLE, TN — State Representative Johnnie Turner of Memphis today announced that she will not run for re-election when her current term ends later this year. Turner has been a member of the State Legislature since January 2010 when she succeeded her late husband, Representative Larry Turner.

“I still enjoy doing this,” Rep. Turner said. “But it’s time. I can walk out now and feel good about what I’ve accomplished, particularly the legislative packet that we filed this year that grew out of the Unsolved Civil Rights Cold Case special Joint Committee.”

Rep. Turner sponsored legislation in 2017 that created the Committee, which later morphed into the Ad Hoc Task Force on Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes, both of which she chaired. The committee held several emotional hearings last year with family members seeking closure for loved ones who were victims of unsolved cold cases of the civil rights era. From its findings, the committee proposed several legislative initiatives

Rep. Turner has had a long history of civil rights involvement from her participation in the sit-in movement and having marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the sixties. Turner had the honor of attending the 1963 March on Washington and hearing Dr. King deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech as well as being present at Mason Temple in 1968 when Dr. King gave his prophetic last sermon: “I Have Been to the Mountaintop”. She also served as the Executive Director of the Memphis Branch of the NAACP for more than a dozen years.

“It’s hard to imagine the impact that Rep. Turner has had during her career in the Legislature and in the entirety of her life’s work,” House Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Stewart said. “From marching with Dr. King to creating a Legislative committee to address unsolved crimes of the civil rights era, her legacy is a list of accomplishments that will last for decades.”

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh stated, “Rep. Johnnie Turner can truly be called the conscience of the House of Representatives. She has provided an example to us all, not only in her role as a legislator, but with her entire life. Rep. Turner has never forgotten her experiences as a child and the opportunities she and her family were denied simply because of the color of their skin. In her career as an educator, she made sure every child strived to do their best and not let anyone limit their dreams. She was on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement, committing herself to making Memphis, our state, and our nation more equable. And she came to work every day with a single goal: to make life better for her constituents. This General Assembly will miss her counsel and experience. She has not only been my colleague and my friend, but a role model as well.”

“There are those who will always be the icons of the movement for civil and human rights. Johnnie R. Turner will forever be in those ranks,” added Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators Chair Representative Raumesh Akbari of Memphis. “Student activist, NAACP leader, civil rights champion and State Representative are the banners she held for many years. Rep. Turner has never been afraid to stand up for the oppressed, the downtrodden or the forgotten. We honor her today for her dedication, her work ethic and most of all—her unyielding commitment to the spirit of human dignity.”

Rep. Turner made her announcement today at a press conference at the NAACP branch offices in Memphis.

Principal Virginia Stackens-Crump will be the featured speaker at the Annual NAACP Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet to be held Saturday night at 6 p.m. in the Carver High School Gymnasium.

She is the fifth of ten children born to Mr. and Mrs. James Higgins of Memphis, Tennessee. She is an alumnus of the Memphis City School System, Lambuth University and the University of Memphis. While in college, she had the opportunity to work in the Jackson law offices of Attorney Richard H. Donnell and Jerry C. Cox, whose tutelage was instrumental in her professional growth and development of life skills and philosophies that have served her throughout her career.

Principal Stackens-Crump served as a special education instructor in Haywood County and Jackson-Madison County for seventeen years. Her diligence and commitment afforded her the opportunity to serve as principal of Parkview Montessori Magnet School for eight years. Monumental successes at the elementary school resulted in a mid-year appointment as principal to Jackson Central-Merry High School. This historical appointment established her as the first African American female high school principal in Jackson, Tennessee.

She serves on the boards of several community organizations and is a member of many professional associations. Her philosophy for educating children is more “a ministry” which translates to hard work, dedication and service. She instills in every student the 3 R’s of life: Respectability, Responsibility and Resourcefulness.

An integral part of her philosophy is a strong commitment to community service, which is exemplified by numerous awards and commendations: 4 Way Test Award (Rotary Club of Jackson); Woman of the Year for Children (Boys and Girls Club); Service Key Award (Phi Delta Kappa International Fraternity); Educator of the Year 2005 (Phi Delta Kappa Sorority); Educator of the Year 2005 (Lane Chapter and Lane Commandry 16/24); Outstanding Educator (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity); Outstanding Leadership Abilility, Commitment to Education and Service to Community – Deliverance House of Prayer, - February 2005; Distinguished School Administrator (JMCEA); and, Citizen of the Year (Omega Psi Phi Fraternity). In 2006, she was honored in the Lane College Commemorative Calendar; she was the recipient of the Rosa Parks Distinguished Human Service Award (SANKOFA) and the Rosa Parks Award for Leadership and Commitment to Humanity (New Life Christian Center); July, 2006, honored by Greater Enon Baptist Church, McKenzie, Tennessee; Juvenile Court Services Volunteer Recognition – 2006; February 2006, she was the honored guest on Black History DVD for Blue Cross/Blue Shield; was invited as an honored guest with President George Bush, White House - February 2007; received the Alpha Phi Alpha Citation of Honor - December 2007;

Recipient of the William H. Graves. Sr. Award for Community Service - Mother Liberty CME Church, December 2007; Received High Schools That Work Recognition for High School Reform, January 2008

Equally significant, Principal Stackens-Crump has been actively engaged as the Vice-president of the Jackson Midtown Optimist Club of America; Board of Directors for JACOA; Education Coordinator for United Way; Member of the NAACP, Advisory Board for Jackson Sun Parent & Family Magazine; Advisory Council for TENNderCARE Outreach Program; Board of Directors for YMCA; Quality Council 20/20 Vision; Building Task Force for Chamber of Commerce; City Tree Board; past president of Phi Delta Kappa International Fraternity; and, past member of the President’s Leadership Board for Lambuth University. Beyond her diligence in school reform at JCM, Principal Crump is most visible and active in community service, via public speaking (platform – “Quality education for all children”.)

She has three children, one daughter-in-law, three granddaughters and one grandson and is a member of Temple of Deliverance C.O.G.I.C., Memphis Tennessee.

Maria Brewer is the Director of Party Affairs for the TNDP. Maria served as the Statewide Resource Coordinator for the Tennessee Democratic County Chairs Association from 2013-2014, when she became Political Director for Lenda Sherrell for Congress. She began her political activism in Sumner County as a volunteer for Harold Ford, then as office manager for the impromptu Obama headquarters there in ’08, was elected Chair of the Sumner County Democratic Party in ’09 and Secretary of the TDCCA in ’11. She has worked on Democratic campaigns in the 6th & 4th Congressional District in addition to running for State Senate in 2012.