Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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Fork in the road for Dr. Andrea Miller and LeMoyne-Owen College

Dr. Andrea Lewis Miller, who was once deemed the right candidate at the right moment “for such a time as this” at LeMoyne-Owen College, will not get a second term as president. The first woman appointed president of the then 153-year-old college, the city’s only...

TSU’s Glover keynotes MBCC Scholarship Recognition Day

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Thousands of local seniors reveled this past month in the time-honored stroll across a stage at their formal graduations and made the traditional hat toss in jubilant celebration of a successful high school journey. Many...

Gov. Lee shares how mental health, suicide can intersect

The Wednesday morning kickoff of the 9th National Suicide and the Black Church Conference served as a gentle reminder that mental health issues can affect those around us at any time, regardless of a person’s sphere of influence or faith. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is...

For Jo Ellen Bates, The Four Way was pleasure shared

The iconic Four Way restaurant was still this week. The normally crowded parking lot was empty as the eatery closed to mark the passing of Jo Ellen Bates, 74. Daughter, Patrice Bates Thompson, broke the news of her mother’s passing on social media. “I tried...

At 87, Ruth Tate continues legacy of love and service for seniors

It’s hard to surprise a woman like Ruth Tate, especially at the Ruth Tate Senior Center in South Memphis. For 35 years, she directed the activities, special events, bus excursions, and even a trip to Europe for senior participants. Tate is now director emeritus. Even...

James Ivy, a barrier-breaking police department director, to be funeralized Friday

Services will be Friday for James E. Ivy, the first African-American to serve as director of the Memphis Police Department. Mr. Ivy became police director in 1988. He passed away last Friday. He was 81. “Director Ivy set a high bar for the rest of us...

LEGACY: Remembering Pastor Ralph White

On Saturday at noon, the Rev. Joseph Scrivner and the Rev. Keith Norman will be in the pulpit at First Baptist Church-Broad focused on duty while also contending with a deep family loss. Scrivner is the son of the late Rev. Ralph White, longtime pastor...

Town Hall probes vouchers, voter suppression and ‘Real IDs’

Issues related to school vouchers, a new law some consider “voter suppression” and the federal government’s “real ID” statute dominated the agenda during the first Town Hall meeting that London Lamar hosted as the first-term state representative for District 91 on Tuesday. With Democrats in...

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints positioned to provide ‘something real’

Two months in, Bishop Ivon Faulkner is certain that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will flourish in the Mid-South, especially in Memphis. “I received a revelation from God that our church is the fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream,” said...

Memphis Bicentennial proves memorable moment in time

May 22 marked 200 years to the day that John Overton, James Winchester, and Andrew Jackson founded Memphis. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and city officials were joined by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and community residents as the Bluff City marked its bicentennial. And not...