Friday, August 12, 2022

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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First elementary charter school in Tennessee turns 20

Circles of Success Learning Academy (COSLA) – the first and oldest elementary charter school in Tennessee – ushered in its 20th academic year on Monday. Tucked inside St. Andrew A.M.E. Church at 867 S. Parkway E. at Mississippi Boulevard, the academy, which is part of...

LEGACY: Ralph Prater – Memphis State Eight pioneer

Ralph Prater, one of the trailblazing “Memphis State Eight,” died Monday (Aug. 8) in San Francisco, Calif., where he retired from Chevron Oil as a corporate attorney. “I had asked Dad about his experiences as one of the students who integrated Memphis State (now the...

CME conference kicks off with new leaders, farewells

Presiding Bishop Henry Williamson Sr. of the CME’s First Episcopal District is retiring to emeritus status. When the district began its three-day annual conference Wednesday, Aug. 10, it was led by new Presiding Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas Sr. The annual conference ends Friday. “I retired during...

Cordova Middle Optional School’s new principal is used to aiming high for success

It’s going to be a red-letter year for Cordova Middle Optional School students. Just ask the new principal, Christopher Hardiman. “Aim high,” said Hardiman. “That’s what I tell our students every day. I told my teachers, ‘You’re going to get tired of hearing me say...

Harris, Mulroy and Sugarmon – triple threat delivers on clean sweep

Democrats celebrated a spectacular night Thursday (Aug. 4) as a repeat performance of 2018’s blue wave rolled over the Shelby County general election. Democrats swept the county’s elected offices for mayor, sheriff, district attorney general, court clerks, Shelby County clerk, assessor of property, trustee, and...

Shelby County’s early-voting turnout has some seeing signs of progress

Voter advocate groups in Shelby County are celebrating the highest voter turnout in the state. “Shelby County really turned up the vote during early voting,” said the Rev. Dr. Earle J. Fisher Jr., Upthevote901 organizer. “Although we are a nonpartisan voting entity, one thing is...

Amid division in slain pastor’s family, some clergy oppose prosecuting teen suspects as adults

Impassioned pleas marked a press conference where church leaders representing various denominations opposed transferring two 15-year-olds to adult court to stand trial for the July 18 killing of Pastor Autura Eason-Williams. Those church leaders on Tuesday morning joined forces with United Methodist Church ministers in...

The Memphis Branch NAACP is out to supersize activism

Recently named the “best local branch in the nation,” the Memphis Branch NAACP used Saturday’s Freedom Fun Luncheon to signal a resolve to double down on a longstanding commitment to fighting for equity for African-American people. Nearly 1,000 supporters gathered at the Memphis Hilton Hotel...

Mission Possible’s outreach service gives youth a healthy introduction to the judicial system

Mission Possible: COSM (Church Outreach Service Mission) has been making it possible for youngsters to dream of professional success for more than 40 years. Members of the Shelby County judiciary recently partnered with the organization to speak with children about what judges and lawyers do. Mission...

IN POLITICS: The race for Juvenile Court judge

Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael is facing three challengers in his bid for re-election, including Tarik B. Sugarmon, who Michael defeated by garnering 54 percent of the vote to Sugarmon’s 46 percent in 2014. Besides Sugarmon, who is a City Court judge, Michael also is...