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Telling the story! Ida B. Wells’ legacy: a point of measurement, path forward

“I’d rather go down in history as one lone Negro who dared to tell the government that it had done a dastardly thing than to save my skin by taking back what I said.” These words, credited to journalist and suffragist Ida B. Wells, underscore...

Ida B. Wells lives here and now in great-granddaughter’s book

In an effort to expand on Ida B. Wells’ remarkable story, her great-granddaughter, writer Michelle Duster, has penned a new book, “Ida B. The Queen.”  The poignant biography, released January 26, pays tribute to the trailblazing journalist and activist while also connecting her legacy to...

Local reaction to chaos in D.C.

A host of Tennessee lawmakers condemned President Donald Trump after his supporters swarmed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to contest the results from the November election. Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol in protest of the election results, which they contend – without offering any substantiated...

Gov. Lee: With ‘light’ ahead, state must ‘get through this very critical period’

Gov. Bill Lee is doubling down on his decision not to issue a statewide mask mandate, despite rising COVID-19 cases throughout the state.  During a call with local newspapers on Tuesday (Dec. 22), Lee pleaded for Tennesseans to wear masks, but said making it a...

Ahead of a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Lee urges state to be ‘diligent and vigilant’

Giving a COVID-19 update, Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday told The New Tri-State Defender and other members of the Tennessee Press Association that he has “a great deal of hope,” linking that optimism to an awaited vaccine. Tennessee is one of four states chosen to...

POLITICS 2020: Bradshaw pushing, poised for Election Night upset

It’s been almost three decades since Tennessee has elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. Never in history has a Black woman held the coveted seat in Tennessee. Marquita Bradshaw, South Memphis native and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, is hoping to rewrite history. With...

Coalition aims to boost Nov. 3 voter turnout

Only 60 percent of Shelby County residents are registered to vote. Even lower is the number of registered voters who historically make it to the polls. A group of local legislators and community leaders are attempting to boost turnout in time for the Nov. 3...

Symposium reflects where views on police reform intersect, divide

More police officers are not the answer to combat crime in Memphis and Shelby County. That was the consensus of panel members at UPtheVote901’s Crime and Public Safety Symposium Monday (Sept. 14). The unanimity was short-lived, however, as panel members soon clashed on other topics...

‘Ban the Box’ ordinance set up for one more shot

The “Ban the Box” ordinance will get another shot at approval later this month after the Shelby County Board of Commissioners failed to pass the measure Monday (July 14). In yet another effort to reform the criminal justice system, something Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris...

NAACP Freedom Fund attendees get a picture of voting as more than a single-day strategy

At 103 years old, the Memphis Branch NAACP is eight years younger than the national organization, whose president said here Saturday that the core strategy of the nation’s oldest civil rights group continues to be voting efforts to change policy. Acknowledging the need to protest...