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Capers Memorial honors women police

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Ms.Sharon Kay

Ms.Sharon Kay

Capers Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, the oldest Black church in the state of Tennessee, will celebrate its annual Women’s Day on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26. The church is located at 319 15th Avenue, North. The Women’s Day theme is ‘Women on the Front Line: To Protect and Serve.’

Saturday, July 25, the S.O.S. (Save Our Sisters) Workshop will be held from 9 am–noon. The workshop will focus on the good use and misuse of social networks, not only by our sisters but our brothers as well. In addition, attendees will also have an opportunity to receive information directly from a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department just for you.

We hope to encourage open lines of communication about the ups and downs, safe sides and dangers of using Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Tumblr, LinkedIn and other methods of connecting with people we know.

We welcome anyone to attend this workshop (young and old, male and female), which will be eye opening and honest. Lunch will be served following the workshop.

Sunday, July 26, at the 10 am worship celebration, women police officers in Nashville Davidson County, including security officers at local educational institutes, are invited. They will be honored for the work they do to make our city a safe place to live. The public is invited to worship and fellowship with those who protect and serve us.

Rev. Dr. Charlotte Blake Syndor

Revered Dr.Charlotte Blake Snydor

Rev. Dr. Charlotte Blake Syndor will be the guest preacher during the morning worship. Dr. Syndor is associate pastor at Saint John AME Church in Nashville. She serves on the advisory board of the Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kan.; dean of the board of examiners and director of Christian Education—both for the AME Church Tennessee Annual Conference; and adjunct professor at Argosy University, greater Nashville area.

At Argosy, she serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Counseling Education and Graduate Psychology Program, fall, 2013. Her new course for the Ed.D. program is ‘Counseling in Community Settings’ designed for clergy and laity in developing counseling education programming in communities with low-income and under-served groups in a variety of settings.

She has served as senior pastor at Woodfork Chapel AME Church, Shelbyville, Tenn.; Shorter Chapel AME Church, Franklin, Tenn.; and Holly Grove AME Church, Windsor, Va. While serving at Shorter Chapel, she provided pastoral leadership through church renewal by strengthening spiritual and budgetary awareness, the building of a community life center, expanding of community and church relations and outreach and vision by empowering others for effective leadership roles.

Her Christian goal is “to serve the church and community and to empower others through preaching, teaching and counseling.”

Sharon Kay will lead the worship celebration. Kay serves as general manager at Fisk University’s radio station Jazzy 88, WFSK. When hired in late 2005, she was the first female to serve in that capacity in the station’s history. WFSK (formerly WRFN) signed on the air in 1973.
In 2009, she was named Nashville’s Best Radio Station General Manager at the 13th annual Achievement in Radio Awards, making her the first African American to receive the award.

Kay is also well known for being host of the popular radio talk show What’s the 411? with Sharon Kay, which she began in 2001 on Cumulus Media. The syndicated program is part of the African American Public Radio Consortium (AAPRC) satellite programming options available to public, community and HBCU stations.

Sharon has been a media professional now for 35-years with stints in radio, television, newspaper, and web-based services. She began her radio career on AM1250 WREN Radio in Topeka, Kansas in the late 1970s as an overnight part time disc jockey. The music format was pop music. Sharon broke color and gender barriers while at that station becoming the first Black and first woman to become one of the station’s major personalities by hosting the Monday through Friday midday program and serving as the station’s public affairs director.

Since moving to the Nashville market in the mid-1980s, Kay has served as a news anchor and talk show host for WLAC Radio, and at 92Q Cumulus Media, as well as a weekend associate producer at WSMV TV, and writer and photographer for several newspaper groups.

For most of her career, Sharon has worked several jobs in conjunction with media work to take care of her family. In dual careers also serving as the executive director of the Statewide Alcohol & Drug Clearinghouse of the Tennessee Alcohol & Drug Association from 1989 to 2000, she developed and implemented Tennessee’s first alcohol and drug prevention hotline The Tennessee REDLINE.

From 2000 to 2001 she served as marketing director of New Life Lodge Treatment Center in Burns, Tennessee and from 2000 to the 2007 owned and operated a small public relations firm Details UnLTD!, specializing in training, multi-media campaigns and imaging.

With a love for news and information, Sharon developed and served as the editor of her own internet syndicated news service ‘The 411 Show Internet Syndicated New Service’ (ISNS) on her website from 2002 to 2006.

Her writing crossed multiple platforms with an assignment for Dr. Bobby Jones Christian talk show on the Word Cable Television Network called Let’s Talk Church, for three seasons from 2005 through 2008. Reruns of the program were carried on the BET Networks.

She has served on and chaired numerous local, national and international boards, volunteered with dozens of organizations and has a long history of being a community advocate.

The public is invited to all events.

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