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Klondike-Smokey City foster care festival advocates for keeping children in their communities

 There’s a certain magic to choosing the right spring day to host your outdoor event, and the North Memphis neighborhoods of Klondike-Smokey City have the touch. The brilliant blue skies and steady breeze were a perfect setting for the neighborhoods’ third annual foster care...

One Whitehaven community. Two high schools. A few turnaround options.

Whitehaven is rich of history, culture, great food — and school turnaround reform.There’s Whitehaven High. The high performing school is known and respected for its sports program, lively band and majorettes, and the millions of dollars in scholarships awarded to college-bound seniors.Then, there’s Hillcrest...

South Memphis rugby and soccer teams promote community growth, youth opportunities and land reuse

The Bluff City is a basketball town located in the heart of college football country.  But in South Memphis, rugby and soccer – two internationally popular sports not traditionally played in the neighborhood – are creating community by bringing neighbors together, creating athletic opportunities...

LITE Memphis earns national award for fostering high school students into entrepreneurs

In an attempt to close Memphis’ gaping disparities in wealth and education attainment, LITE Memphis trains high school students in entrepreneurial skills. That unique approach to community revival recently garnered the nonprofit a national award for civic innovation.“Our mission is to equip African-American and...

Game oN video game lounge takes Whitehaven to the next level

This isn’t your parents’ arcade. From a 3,000-square-foot space at the Southland Mall, entrepreneur Charles Story Jr. has assembled an army of flat-screen monitors that serve the latest titles in video games – and a few retro ones.Opened in June 2017, Game oN brings...

Flight of the Red Lobster: Whitehaven retail adapts to Mississippi migration

Once a suburb thriving with amenities, Whitehaven is saddled with outside perceptions that the neighborhood is poor because its demographics flipped from white to black. Its native retailers, like Southland Mall (the oldest operating mall in Memphis), know the advantage of adapting to a...

Nonprofit trains Whitehaven youth in creative storytelling and neighborhood research

“Whitehaven was not a neighborhood originally planned for African-Americans. We want students to answer the question of how integration affected the community. When white homeowners and business owners moved out and black people moved in, people affectionately began to call the community Blackhaven. Let’s...