Category Archives: JAM: Memphis

Jammin’ in Memphis

By Max Schneider and Noah Koy

Our time in Memphis is flying by, but here’s a recap of life on JAM thus far.

On Saturday we met with Jen Stollman, the academic director at the Winter Institute, an organization that seeks to end discrimination. Jen talked to us about poverty and how to stop the association of stereotypes. Jen really knew how to talk–not just to teens–but to people, in general. She has a very intelligent view without being condescending. Jen was full of wisdom on all types of subjects, and patiently and thoroughly answered our questions related to stereotypes, race, and activism. Before speaking with Jen, most of us rolled our eyes at people who complained about song lyrics or stereotypes prevalent in our culture, but Jen changed our minds. She managed to use her knowledge about racial segregation and negative stereotypes to give us the knowledge to decide for ourselves that we should no longer sag our pants or sing along to the inappropriate and offensive words in songs. More importantly, it’s up to us to correct our friends or tell them not to say certain words that relate to stereotypes. That’s how we can make change and be part of a cultural shift. ...

When a Meal Is So Much More

By: Harper Glantz

What is it like to live alone as an elderly, blind, impoverished woman in Memphis, TN? What does it feel like to answer a knock at the door to sit at your familiar table while the strange volunteer takes your hand in theirs, guiding it over a warm meal tray and a cold milk carton?

Today our group worked with Meals on Wheels delivering one lunch meal to dozens of Memphians who could not provide it for themselves. Some of these people would have no other meals today besides this one. Some are eager to talk while others take the food and shy away from the door. Either way, the appreciation and necessity of receiving food from those we helped, was eye opening. While it was rewarding and empowering to help people through the challenge of one single meal, it’s a hard reality to comprehend our inability to solve the issue of providing people with sufficient access to food in the first place. ...