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by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. Special to The New Tri-State Defender Dr. Martin L. King Jr. demonstrated courage on a daily basis because of his moral convictions. Dr. King was willing to stand alone when he felt strongly about a strategy or position in the civil rights movement.  When the civil...
Sitting calmly on the set of ABC’s Good Morning America with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, Senator Kamala Harris announced she is running for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States this Monday. There was an audible cheer from someone behind the cameras the moment Harris said the...
by Dr. Earle J. Fisher -- On Tuesday morning, January 8, 2019, hundreds of lawmakers made pledges and took oaths evoking themes of freedom, justice, equality, fairness, propriety, peace and love. And with one hand on a sacred book and the other held high towards the Almighty, many of these...
Lloyd Brown
Commissioner Edmund Ford Jr. wrote in this paper last week that he believes special interests controlled last November’s Memphis referendum election.  He contends – without any evidence – that if you voted against the referendums that you, yes you, were “bought and sold.”   This is insulting to the 63...
by Jeff Rivers -- Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world. Had he lived, Martin, dreamer and doer, would turn 90 years old on Tuesday. Before an assassin’s bullet cut through the Memphis, Tennessee, air and claimed his life on April 4, 1968, he led the modern civil rights...
by Edmund Ford Jr. Nationally, people have been making relevant noise about how dark money should not influence their elections. I believe in transparency and disclosure in government as well in campaigns. Unfortunately, this did not occur in our local November elections. In October 2018, there were four Memphians that filed...
by Phill Wilson Twenty years ago, I called a few friends to ask them to help me actualize a dream that my best Brister – “Brother and Sister” – Reggie Williams and I had been working on for 10 years. We wanted to start an organization to engage black people...
By Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus In 1986, on her award-winning “Control” album, singer-songwriter Janet Jackson asked: “What have you done for me lately?” This is a question the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is asked a lot. Well, here’s our latest answer to that...
by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. In spite of the pathos of segregation, there were some benefits for African Americans. Segregation created the “crucible of necessity.” A crucible – in its classic sense – is a vessel used to melt materials at a high temperature for the purpose of purification....
By The Crusader Just about everyone in the United States, with the exception of the indigenous people, Native Americans, came here from somewhere else. They came here in the quest for a better life. The main exception to this are African Americans, who, for the most part, did not come...