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Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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‘Black Farmers’ say White House meeting advanced their agenda

The critics and naysayers – a most of which have been African Americans – have been many. They insist that it is a waste of time for representatives of black farmers to visit the White House and talk with members of an administration that...

Memphis to host 2019 ‘Pan-Hellenics’; Election 2020 high on leadership agenda

Come October 2019, the city of Memphis will be draped in a sea of colors, from pink and green to red and white to purple and gold and various colors in between, thanks to Memphis being selected as the host of the 2019 National...

FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL: At Dunbar Elementary, principal sets the bar high

Now in her sixth year as principal of Dunbar Elementary School, Dr. Anneice Gentry is right where she wants to be. Dunbar sits in the heart of a resilient Orange Mound community. “When I first came, I had no idea about the extreme pride people in...

FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL: Sherwood Middle Archers aim high

Each day at about 2:15 p.m., Sherwood Middle School experiences what could be called “organized chaos.” There’s bumper-to-bumper traffic on Rhodes Avenue, picking up students after school has been dismissed. Teachers and other staff members are all over campus, directing children to the right bus,...

FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL: At Hamilton: ‘Wildcat Nation’ is steady, moving forward

Last school year was a tumultuous one at Hamilton High School. There were reports of improper grade changes by the former principal, who was later suspended by Shelby County Schools (SCS). Students walked out in protest. But, that was then. This is now. There are the...

Tami Sawyer takes District 7 Commission race

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The Shelby County District 7 Commissioner's position was snared in powerhouse fashion Thursday night by social justice activist Tami Sawyer. She swept the race with 80.5 percent of the vote against Republican Party challenger Samuel Goff. The Blue Nile Ethiopian Kitchen on Madison Avenue -...

Father mourns loss of fianceé, two sons in Mississippi River drowning

“I loved her, and I loved our boys,” said Jattir Ragland. “That’s really all I have to say right now. The truth will come out. God will make certain that the truth comes out.” Those are the words of a grieving father, who lost his...

Anti-violence event gives voice, input to teens leading the fight

Six young men, ranging in ages from 14 to 18, were cruising around; two of them were virtually inseparable. They were driving south on Watkins toward the point where it becomes Cleveland when they noticed a car following – a gold sedan, police said. The...

‘Divine 9’ issues community invitation to 2018 ‘Greek Week’

Thousands of Greek delegates, Greek members, their guests and community supporters will converge on the city this week to celebrate the “one-ness” and the unity of African-American collegiate fraternities and sororities. “‘The Divine Nine’ is what we’re called, historically black fraternities and sororities,” said Charles...

POVERTY UNPLUGGED: Unscripted moment accents ‘Access to Education’ forum

The MLK50 commemoration continues with United Way of the Mid-South’s “Poverty Unplugged” series. The second installment Tuesday evening at the National Civil Rights Museum explored some thought-provoking strategies in battling low performance in the classroom. Four panelists, led by moderator Dr. Charles McKinney, touted old...