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Karanja A. Ajanaku

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Updated: TSD Special Section: “MLK50: The View From 38126”

In April 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped onto the campus of LeMoyne College. Those accompanying him included Nat D. Williams, whose rootedness into what is now ZIP code 38126 would give anyone traveling with him instant neighborhood credibility. Dr. King really needed no...

Mayor Strickland gives an ‘Amen’ to opportunity

“We are in intense times ripe with opportunity.” The observation was offered by one of the many people musing about “Where do we go from here?” The context, of course, is the 50th commemoration of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis...

New book tells a story of living with Sherra Wright

As the fifth anniversary of Lorenzen Wright’s unsolved homicide loomed, freelance journalist Kelvin Cowans reached out to Wright’s widow for an interview. She agreed. They met at a coffee shop, did the interview and then talked for hours afterwards. The interview, which coincided with Wright’s...

National NAACP board chairman expected to detail the group’s way forward

When you've stated publicly that "new threats to communities of color" are emerging daily and associated that observation with what you are convinced are attacks on the nation's democracy, then you go where you need to go and do what you need to do. That...

Stepping out in style to see ‘Black Panther’

The beat of African drums performed by Kindred Spirit and African cuisine prepared by two of Memphis' premiere chefs was part of a premiere showing of "Black Panther" at the Malco Cordova Cinema Thursday evening. The Redwing Group coordinated the rich cultural experience, along with others...

Add Evvie McKinney’s name to the list of best-ever attractions at Handy Park

Evvie McKinney was her absolute at-home best during a welcoming reception at Handy Park on Beale St. Thursday afternoon. Fresh off of her winning performance on the finale of Fox's "The Four," McKinney strode onto the stage at Handy Park just as she is: a...

State report: No violation of open meetings law in moving of Confederate statues

Despite continued criticism from some quarters and a nagging lawsuit, the City of Memphis has steadfastly maintained that it obeyed the law in selling two city parks and clearing the way for the removal of three controversial statues saluting Confederate-era figures. Now the Tennessee Comptrollers’...

Luttrell moves to ‘report and to advise’ in last State of Shelby County message

The setting for Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.’s last State of the County Address was a downtown church – Historic Clayborn Temple. As he prepared to take his seat, the term-limited Luttrell jokingly said that he could preach. While there is no indication...

Kroger closing, voter registration on Community Town Hall Forum agenda

The closing of the Kroger store in Orange Mound, the impact of MLK50 and a push for voter registration are all on the agenda of the Community Town Hall Forum set for Sunday at Mt. Pisgah CME Church at 2490 Park Ave. The forum is...

Beale Street Procession for Preston Shannon

In a note of respect, a procession made its way along Beale Street on Friday, passing through the entertainment district that bluesman Preston Shannon punctuated with talent and professional dignity. Shannon, 70, died on Monday, succumbing to a bout with cancer. Shannon’s funeral was set for...