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Circa 1800: Enslaved people picking cotton on a plantation. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) New research has revealed the name of a woman who may be the last known survivor of the transatlantic slave trade. —After death of Nipsey Hussle social media sleuths take on Dr. Sebi conspiracy theories— A woman named...
Some of the magic of an event like the Bill Pickett Rodeo is ultimately how normal it all is, so to speak. Of course, the Bill Pickett Rodeo is the only touring rodeo featuring African American cowboys and cowgirls. That absolutely makes it special. But the normalcy of it is...
The ongoing journey to freedom will serve as an understood theme during “Memphis Cares2” at Crump Stadium on Sunday (April 7), beginning at 3 p.m. The event will be a free re-creation of the original Memphis Cares, April 7, 1968. In the aftermath of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King...
TSD Editor's Note: As Memphians, it can be easy to take some of our local treasures for granted. Most Memphians certainly appreciate the National Civil Rights Museum at The Lorraine Motel, but sometimes, it helps to see what's in your own back yard with fresh eyes. Through our content sharing relationship with TheRoot.com, we found this piece by Panama Jackson on her experience at The Lorraine Motel.
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The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo saddles up at Agricenter International this weekend, showcasing some of America’s top African-American cowboys and cowgirls. And if you thought black folk don’t go to rodeos, let alone ride bulls and rope calves in them, you’re in for a treat – and a history...
by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender “We are celebrating these women, these wives, these matriarchs, these warriors for survival and making sure everyone around them survived too,” said multi-media journalist Emily Yellin. The setting was the screening of the documentary “1,300 Men: Memphis Strike ’68” by Striking Voices...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gyp5b0wbGQ I'm originally from Holly Springs, Mississippi, the birthplace of legendary journalist and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. As mayor, my dad helped make sure her birth site was preserved and it's now the location of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum. I'm not saying I know everything about Ida B. Wells...
The Memphis Heritage Trail (MHT) is hosting the 2019 Summer Teacher Institute: Road to Civil Rights. The program will capitalize on a wealth of historical and cultural resources that demonstrate an understanding of the contributions African-Americans have made to the City of Memphis. Educators attending the Summer Institute will acquire...
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Dr. Julius Garvey probably felt like channeling his father, the late civil rights leader Marcus Garvey, when he responded to Fox News analyst Katie Pavlich’s misguided comment that America should get “credit for being the first country to end slavery in 150 years.” Garvey...
By John R. Thelin, University of Kentucky (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Ever since a photograph surfaced of someone in blackface – and another dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe – on the medical college yearbook page...