Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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Memphis Bicentennial proves memorable moment in time

May 22 marked 200 years to the day that John Overton, James Winchester, and Andrew Jackson founded Memphis. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and city officials were joined by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and community residents as the Bluff City marked its bicentennial. And not...

Movie tells ‘the black story’ of Memphis’ first 200 years

Anthony “Amp” Elmore, cultural curator of everything African in Memphis, says Memphis’ Bicentennial celebration should be a time for reflecting on the role of African Americans in building the city to its present stature. “I think this would be the perfect time to begin a...

Assessor promises $4 million, if budget increase is granted

It’s budget season again. Meaning it’s time for those budget hearings by the Shelby County Commissioners which allow department directors and office holders to make their pitch for full funding of the upcoming fiscal year. The new fiscal year begins July 1. Wednesday morning’s meeting opened...

National Teacher Day puts ‘team teachers’ in spotlight

Tuesday was National Teacher Appreciation Day, which accounts for the medals and certificates team-teachers Demeatrice Clark and Wanda Nash received from principal Noah Gordon at Memphis Business Academy Elementary School in the Berclair community. Gordon gave all of the school’s teachers a medal and a...

Eight, promising scholars named ‘Civic’ fellows

Memphis-area colleges are grooming some of the city’s most creative and innovative future leaders in civic responsibility.  Eight have been chosen for the inaugural class of the Civic Fellowship Program, an initiative of The Apex Institute. The new fellows were presented Wednesday at a “big...

‘Living wage’ for cafeteria workers draws united front

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris vows to “turn over every stone” to find funds to pay cafeteria workers a “living wage.”
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris made a Wednesday afternoon press conference about a war on poverty – a war that should be fought by all elected officials in Shelby County, he said. The gathering was about voicing support for a “living wage” for the 600-plus...

What was the African trade mission? And, what if it had worked?

Dedrick “Teddy” Withers’ vision – making Memphis an International World Trade Center – was glorious in its magnitude. A great pyramid was to be the headquarters of African nations trading and purchasing goods with American businesses. In 1974, Withers became the youngest person (22) elected...

Montessori school closing marks new beginning for senior educator

“Some dreams grab us by the heart when we are young, and they never let go,” said Evelyn Thorpe Hibbler, owner of the successful private school, 1st Class Montessori Preschool. “That’s kind of what happened to me. After 40 years of teaching and developing three-...

Episcopal bishop breaks race, gender barriers

“Now, let me get this straight. You are a successful attorney, making a good salary, and you are about to make partner, which will give you even more money,” Phoebe Roaf’s mother said. “But you want to leave all that, go to seminary for...

Manassas alum celebrate multiple wins in 2019

The roar of a thousand Manassas Tigers supporters echoed through the ballroom of the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis during the 26th Annual Unity Brunch last Saturday. “Our principal says that the state of our school is excellent,” said James Thompson, president of the Manassas Alumni...