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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Observes 110th Founders’ Day

With Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated set to observe the 110th year of its founding, Memphis' Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter will mark the milestone with a Founders’ Day service on Saturday, January 20, at noon at First Baptist Church-Broad. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former mayor of Baltimore, Maryland,...

Mayor Jim Strickland in State of The City Address: Memphis is getting stronger

  Mayor Jim Strickland had delivered his 2018 State of the City address a few hours earlier when his deputy director of communications reached out to media outlets to highlight some “…items that may not necessarily rise to the top of today’s news cycle but...

Melrose students re-enact historic ‘I AM A Man’ march

Mark Neal has been the principal of Melrose High School in Orange Mound for four years. On Tuesday, he and several dozen students were combing an area of downtown in search of history. It was all around them. Melrose partners with Leadership Memphis and through that...

Confederate monument sympathizers make their case

https://youtu.be/uQUUbtFVc4A With local law enforcement on high alert, Confederate-monument sympathizers on Saturday took to the streets of Memphis and the surrounding area to decry the recent removal of three monuments saluting Confederate-era figures. In various forms, the message was that the City of Memphis had illegally...

AFTER THE TAKEDOWN: The Van Turner Jr. conversation; Part II

In the conclusion of his wide-ranging conversation with TSD Associate Publisher/Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku, Memphis Greenspace, Inc. President Van Turner Jr. details the broader goals of the nonprofit that bought two city parks and removed the Confederate statues. He also reflects on the...

Fighting hate rhetoric: Memphis NAACP, other local groups urge ignoring Confederate901 activity

"Let's not give the Confederate901 group or others who believe what they do, our time or energy," Deidre Malone, president of the NAACP Memphis branch, said on Friday . Ahead of a planned weekend demonstration apparently spurred by the recent removal of three statutes saluting...

AFTER THE TAKEDOWN: Van Turner Jr. of Memphis Greenspace: “Everybody knew (the Confederate statue) had to be removed”

Attorney Van Turner Jr. made his way to a seat reserved for him at the front of the room at the Panhellenic Building on the campus of the University of Memphis, where Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. was celebrating the principle of Imani (faith) on the...

Beale St. welcomes 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Parade

Supporters of the Iowa State Cyclones found themselves on common ground with backers of the University of Memphis Tigers on Friday afternoon, with both camps of rooters on Beale St. for the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Parade. Photojournalist Warren Roseborough teamed up with TSD Associate...

ON POLITICS: Karl Dean and the governor’s race

Putting in the legwork in his bid to win the Democratic Party nomination for governor, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean recently visited the office of The New Tri-State Defender. It was his second visit, with this one yielding this conversation with the TSD’s Associate...