Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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‘MaDear’s House’ made a national historic site; son’s new book tells why

The flower bed along the front of the porch is as beautiful as it was when “MaDear” was tending it. “Some of these plants have been here since the 1950s,” said Ambrose Bennett, son of “MaDear.” That’s just one of many enduring elements of a remarkable...

COVID-19 UPDATE: Health officials, workers battle ‘avoidable’ tragedy

The resurgence of COVID-19 in a morphed, more transmissible form is hitting Shelby County hard.  “The folks getting sick now are between 18-44 (years old),” said Shelby County Health Department Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Randolph. “They are unvaccinated, and many of them have underlying medical...

Citing urgent need, ministers plan to ramp up fight against gun violence

Members of the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association (MBMA) Tuesday (July 27) spoke out against gun violence. Members made their feelings known during a news conference at the end of the association’s regularly scheduled meeting. Rev. Walter Womack, pastor of Faithful Baptist Church in South Memphis and...

Ministers’ workshop at ‘Ida B. Wells’ event sets course for more ‘difficult’ conversations

On the eve of the unveiling of Ida B. Wells’ statue in Memphis, local ministers laid bare their experiences and impressions about race and the ethnic divide that persists. A Minister’s Workshop, moderated by Pastor William A. "Bill" Adkins Jr. of Greater Imani Cathedral of...

COVID-19’s Delta strain packing a punch in Shelby County

Gone for a month, the televised briefings of the Memphis and Shelby County Joint COVID-19 Task Force are back, signaling a move in the wrong direction regarding the community’s fight against the coronavirus. “We stopped these briefings about one month ago,” said City of Memphis...

CodeCrew powers through to bigger location, bigger dreams

In the midst of permanent closures and crippling disruptions caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic in 2020, a few local entities thrived and flourished through the chaotic adjustments of restrictive mandates. CodeCrew Memphis is among them. Executive Director Meka Egwuekwe recalled the early days in March...

MMBC paves path to ‘The New Reality’ at 14th Economic Development Forum

National personalities will be featured guests at this year’s 14th Annual Economic Development Forum, slated as a virtual event on Wednesday and Thursday (July 21-22). Sponsored by the Mid-South Minority Business Council (MMBC) Continuum, this year marks the second consecutive event staged virtually because of...

Israelite Baptist Church embraces new ‘shepherd’

The “Israelites” of Israelite Baptist Church recently elected and embraced the Rev. Robert Anthony Johnson as the church’s new senior pastor.  For months, the Israelite Church family grieved the loss of its founder and father, Pastor S. L. Harris. As 2020 was drawing to a close,...

Ida B. Wells hailed as an inspiration for consciousness – then and now!

History and consciousness go hand in hand, sharing the trait of crossing through time and giving the living the opportunity to embrace them in the course of making progress. Such was the case with the unveiling of a five-foot tall image of Ida B....

SCLC lines up in support of Pervis Payne

The national Southern Christian Leadership Conference and its president, Dr. Charles Steele, think freedom for death-row inmate Pervis Payne warrants a national movement. “Silence in the face of evil is evil, itself,” said Steele, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a press conference at...