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NAACP, Kroger and TSD open window for Uplift Community Grants

A Wednesday morning news conference at the NAACP Memphis Branch office kicked off big buzz around the 2nd Annual Uplift the Community Grant awards for non-profit organizations. Applications are available now on the NAACP website. A three-fold partnership between Kroger’s Delta Division, the Memphis NAACP, and...

“Spirituality of Dr. King” class at Rhodes shows iconic leader through different lens

Dr. Luther D. Ivory, professor emeritus at Rhodes College, speaks from experience when he says a new generation of students wants to know who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was and how his resistance to the status quo changed life for African Americans. They...

Business phenom Malik Mayweather captures coveted spot with TED Talk

It wasn’t that Malik Mayweather’s mother didn’t want him and his two sisters. But when it became apparent that she and her long-time, live-in boyfriend were going to end their relationship, Malik’s mother made the hardest decision she would ever have to make. Malik’s father...

Family roots anchor pastoral legacy at Tucker COGIC

Count the Rev. Jeffrey Williams among the local pastors who – despite dwindling attendance – is rock-solid sure that the church will increasingly become a place of refuge in the troubled times ahead. Such assuredness is rooted in a faith that sustains the pastor of...

‘New’ council positions itself for decisions on electricity rates, TVA

Pressing on the agenda was Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division’s proposed electricity-rate hike as six new members joined eight returning members for the first Memphis City Council meeting of 2020 on Tuesday. According to MLGW President J.T. Young, if the council doesn’t vote on...

Widow of former TSD editor passes at 95

Emogene Wilson, former women’s editor and society-page writer for the Tri-State Defender, will be interred at Elmwood Cemetery next to her late husband, former Tri-State Defender editor, general manager and civil rights era icon, L. Alex Wilson, on Friday. The homegoing service is set for...

LEGACY: Christine Grandberry – “The Queen of Frayser”

The passing of Christine Grandberry has evoked an extraordinary outpouring of grief, especially in the Frayser community where she was dub hailed as “Queen,” or the “Mayor of Frayser.” Nothing happened without her blessing — politicians knew it, community leaders acknowledged it, and resident families...

LEGACY: Joyce Blackmon – MLGW barrier breaker – left her mark upon many

So many stories remain untold of the gestures of love and acts of sacrifice in the lives of thousands of people Joyce Blackmon touched in her lifetime. Yes, she was lauded as the first African American and the first woman to serve as a vice-president...

Mayor Harris: Shelby County place of refuge for displaced

With people from Africa, Asia and other parts of the world gathered in his office on Friday, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris made clear Shelby County's intent to continue resettling refugees. Harris signed a refugee resettlement consent letter during a ceremonial signing event that included...

Now a family tradition, Myron and Mickell Lowery host New Years prayer breakfast

As preachers, Memphis area clergy were probably expected to be hopeful and optimistic at a recent New Year’s Day prayer breakfast. As a U.S. Congressman embroiled in the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Rep. Steve Cohen is saving his optimism for another year. Cohen was the...