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People’s power: Memphis’ early history of race, resistance, and Black political power

Memphis has a long and complex history with race, power and civil rights. From pre-Civil War days to 2018, there’s been hatred, slaughter and systematic oppression, but there’s also been a strong thread of resistance, resilience, and collective Black power woven through the years. It’s a...

$15 million loan fund focuses on growing minority and women-owned businesses in Memphis

If prospective entrepreneurs were queried on the number one impediment to launching and growing a business, the lack of access to capital would likely be right up there on the board. The survey would also probably reveal that the problem is even more acute for minorities...

In segregated Memphis, radio DJs drove Black children with disabilities to this Uptown school

By Tamara Williamson, High Ground News In the early-to-mid 20th century, a Memphis school educated children who otherwise could have slipped through the cracks. Located at 227 Keel Avenue in the neighborhood now known as Uptown, the school furthered two unique endeavors for students. Though...

Opera Memphis awards first McCleave Fellowship to local director

By Andy Meek, High Ground News If you closed your eyes right now and tried to imagine an opera performance - from the players on stage to the musicians, the director and the hired hands behind the scenes - chances are that hypothetical musical tableau...

Newly launched startup accelerator expands innovation economy in Memphis

By Andy Meek, High Ground News Before launching the startup she brought to Memphis as part of 2018’s “Summer of Acceleration” startup accelerator programming, Stephanie Cummings was working in health care information technology. She was constantly busy, traveling across the country. She’d come home and see...

Treedom transforms vacant lot and grows community in Uptown-Pinch

By Cole Bradley, High Ground News On June 2nd, Memphis’ famous tree canopy got a new addition, but this isn’t your typical flora. Treedom is the 26-foot brainchild of Parisian architectural firm Atelier YokYok and was originally constructed in 2015 for a one-week engagement at Budapest’s...

County-wide pre-K initiative seeks to level the playing field for early childhood education

One thousand students in need do not have a place in pre-K in Shelby County, and the county is on track to lose an additional 1,000 spots when funding from a four-year pre-K development grant  from the Obama administration runs out at the end...

The kids are alright: Meet the Uptown organizations helping its youngest residents thrive

Facing serious concerns like drugs, gangs, and crime, communities often call for more youth programming to keep kids safe and productive. In Uptown, a handful of organizations are already working to build thriving kids and a thriving community, but they can’t do it alone....

Soundways earns $100k investment and leads Memphis in the ‘rise of the rest’

Facing a packed audience at Clayborn Temple, Memphis-based startup Soundways received the ultimate vote of confidence from Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and Chairman and CEO of Revolution, a D.C.-based venture capital fund.Related: "As part of a national entrepreneurship tour, Memphis leads the rise...

Uptown residents set priorities in $95 million TIF expansion

Development has been top-down for a very long time. Consider the Great Pyramids or even Memphis’ own Pyramid; it wasn’t the construction crews that made the decision to build. Traditionally, a person or company buys land and develops it how they choose. Even when...
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