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Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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Cancellation of fall sports fuels a peaceful protest at SCS

A group of like-minded Shelby County Schools student-athletes and their parents gathered outside SCS headquarters Wednesday morning (Sept. 16) to express their anger and frustration with SCS Supt. Joris Ray’s decision to cancel all fall sports because of the COVID 19 epidemic. “We were all...

‘War hero’ and former Memphian James W. Williams ‘no loser or sucker’

Ret. Lt. Col. James W. Williams has logged a stellar career as a standout fighter pilot in the Vietnam War and a retired AFJ ROTC instructor at Tucker High School in DeKalb County School District in Stone Mountain, GA. That combination warranted an invitation...

HOMICIDES IN MEMPHIS: Killing of Whitehaven football player adds to deadly surge

A 9-1-1 call signaled the trouble. Police arriving at the Marathon Gas Station on Elvis Presley Blvd. in Whitehaven rolled up on another chapter of a deadly, unfolding story – Memphis’ soaring homicide rate. The victim in the Sept. 3 fatal shooting was Demetrius Robinson,...

Memorial and ‘Celebration Service’ set for Dr. Ydell Ishmon at Boston Baptist

Members of Boston Baptist Church will commemorate their long-time pastor Dr. Ydell Ishmon Sr. with a series of events at the church this weekend. Dr. Ishmon, 67, who led the congregation for 23 years, died Sept. 2. “I’m just in shock right now, just so grieved...

Black Caucus and Gov. Lee on unsettled ground

Tennessee’s governor refused to meet with peaceful protesters and the state’s lieutenant governor re-tweeted a post that appeared to support violence against Black Lives Matter protesters and Antifa, an ultra-liberal group known for civil disobedience actions. As a result, Gov. Bill Lee and Lt. Gov./Speaker...

SCS weathers all-virtual opening

Imperfection is to be expected on the first day of school, even when there isn’t a global pandemic driving an all-virtual opening, which was the case for Shelby County Schools this week. For one thing, technology was not fully cooperative as thousands of students logged...

Grant saves restaurant from ‘drowning’; Sept. 5 event to say ‘thanks’ Memphis

Roger Brown’s initial call from the Discover Credit Card Corporation to award his restaurant a $25,000 grant was met with a cool “maybe yes, maybe no.” “You just can’t tell these days,” Brown said. “I didn’t know if it was a scam, somebody playing a...

COVID-19 still hits African Americans hard

From the onset of COVID-19, troubling racial inequities emerged as city and state health departments logged a deadlier impact on communities of color. While the rate of new case numbers are decreasing locally, the deaths are still mostly African Americans. “One of three things happen...

COVID-19: An update on where we stand

The sobering and ongoing count of local deaths attributed to the coronavirus includes a pediatric death announced Tuesday during the Memphis-Shelby County Joint Task Force update. “A 13-year-old child died from COVID-19 this week in Shelby County, either directly from the virus or indirectly from...

Ida B. Wells memorial project ‘goes public’ in September

Memphis will pay a long-standing debt to anti-lynching advocate and civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells-Burnett before the year’s end, said Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., pastor emeritus of New Sardis Baptist Church. Gray and a collective of Memphis history advocates have laid out...
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