Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Karanja A. Ajanaku

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When a child shoots a child at school …

As heartwarming as it was to learn of a prayer-laced meeting that brought together the parents of the two students involved in last week’s shooting inside Cummings K-8 Optional School, an account of the get-together yielded a chilling matter of fact. The one-hour meeting –...

‘Pete’ Mitchell kept young people in mind as he carved a path forward

At the Links of Pine Hill Golf Course in South Memphis, the brotherhood of the Melrose High School Class of ’63 recently saluted Eldridge “Pete” Mitchell, a mentor who helped them transition from boys to men. Mitchell – founder of the Pete Mitchell and Associates...

The ‘Classic’ and the embrace of the God-factor

The God-factor is inextricably interwoven into the Southern Heritage Classic, with fresh reminders served up during the 32nd edition of the cultural-celebration weekend in Memphis. Amid the special buzz at Friday’s Classic Coaches Luncheon at the Renasant Convention Center, the two personalities mostly responsible for...

Seizing ‘what if’ moments a way of life for The Classic’s founder, Fred Jones

A “what if” element punctuates the life of Fred Jones Jr., the founder of the Southern Heritage Classic. It’s a recurring component that serves to keep him alert for opportunity. Now 73, Jones reflected on such moments during a conversation with The New Tri-State Defender...

Calling Dr. Michelle Taylor: The County Mayor wants you to run the Health Department!

Fielding yet another request to direct a journalist seeking Dr. Michelle Taylor, a guard on duty at the Vasco A. Smith Jr. County Administration Building remarked, “She must be an important person.” For the guard and many others in Memphis and Shelby County, getting to...

Bringing history to life a driving force for new National Civil Rights Museum president

Twenty years ago, then Rhodes College professor Russell Wigginton approached the Tri-State Defender looking to access the newspaper’s archives for his students to write research papers. That outreach evolved to him writing the first 50-year history of the newspaper. Calling the experience “one of my...

Rolling out ‘901 WRAP’ as another crime-solving tool

“Violent crime in this city has gone berserk” and our streets are “like rivers of blood,” the Rev. Bill Adkins said matter-of-factly while amplifying the need for the new 901 Witness Relocation Assistance Program detailed on Monday. “You know it and I know it,” added...

How BLP Studios was born to tell ‘our’ stories

Venturing to bring home to me the practicality of building an 85-acre movie campus owned by African Americans, Jason Farmer had me imagine telling – via a film – the story of The New Tri-State Defender. “If I wanted to shoot the story about the...

Bell to ring anew for Golden Gloves boxing in Memphis

Anchored in Memphis for 35 years, the Mid-South Golden Gloves will return next month after a 50-plus year absence. Hosted in North Little Rock, Arkansas since 1990 after a 19-year stay in Jackson, Tennessee, the high-profile regional boxing event box is coming back through a...

Tri-State Bank maps a future with ‘Liberty’

Founded in 1946 to “constructively change community conditions,” Tri-State Bank of Memphis is on course to be acquired by New Orleans-based Liberty Bank and Trust Company, the largest African-American-owned financial institution in the U.S. The boards of directors of each company have approved the transaction,...