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Memphis in May powers forward

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With a promotional brainstorm and the determination of its first executive director, Martha Ellen Maxwell, the Memphis in May International Festival debuted in the early 1970s. The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce devised plans to host a promotional festival to tout the many cultural events...

Fun, food, and ‘fiscal fitness’ set for Black Family Day 2018

Black Family Day 2018 will be the biggest, single annual event celebrating the “black family unit” by Memphis Chapter Jack & Jill of America, Inc. “Sunday will mark the 31st Black Family Day event, but never have we hosted on this level,” said Vanecia Belser...

Candidates provide District 7 voters with a range of options Clerk’s office

Four candidates – three Democrats and a lone Republican – are asking voters in the Shelby County Board of Commissioners’ District 7 for support in clearing the first election hurdle to representing the district contained within ZIP code 38108. The Democratic Primary is contested territory...

The art of caregiving: ‘blessing, not a burden’

So… an aging parent begins to slip into the gloomy abyss of dementia. Say, a mother. At first, forgetting little things like where she laid the car keys are easily hidden. But the disease gradually starts to encroach on the simplest of tasks. A...

Forums, registration drives, social media blitzes power voter-engagement pitch

More than four million 17-year-olds will turn 18 prior to the 2018 midterm elections. The new voters’ block has the potential to become one of the most powerful electoral players before 2022. Pressuring elected officials to pass gun-control legislation is a leading issue. During last...

Color, drama, pageantry—Africa in April has it all!

For more than three decades, the Africa in April International Festival has entertained, educated and kept its revelers engaged in multicultural celebrations of African countries. Meaningful bonds have been nurtured between Memphis and the African continent because of the authentic enactments of dance, song, culinary...

Early voting window is now open

In many states, a photo identification is required for the right to cast a ballot. Tennessee is not one of them. The first step, of course, is completing the registration process with the Shelby County Election Commission. Basic requirements of voter registration are: * U.S. citizenship * Be...

MLK50: 50 years after Room 306

Disciples determined to pay grateful tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. converged on Memphis from myriad parts of the world. They absorbed and contributed to three power-packed days of speeches, rallies and church services boasting a virtual who’s who in politics, entertainment and...

I AM 2018 movement builds on ‘Mountaintop’ energy

Pelting rain and gathering winds are no match for the spirit of a crowd filled with individuals who declare themselves rooted in righteousness. Such was the case at Mason Temple 50 years ago. And so it was on Tuesday night. The crowd - striking for...

Fred L. Davis: Turning 50 times three

For many 83-year-olds, some moments stay for a lifetime. Vivid memories rush back, filled with all the color and emotion of that moment. For Fred L. Davis, historic snippets of life 50 years ago remain present in his psyche, an intriguing catalog of dramatic...