Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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125 baptized at ‘transformative’ T.H.U.G.S. Revival in Frayser

A blitz of evangelists, gospel rappers, singers and musicians recently heralded a “T.H.U.G.S. Revival” at Pursuit of God Transformation Center in Frayser.  “And, man, did we witness transformation,” said Pastor Ricky Floyd. “‘T.H.U.G.S.’ is an acronym for ‘Trusting, Hearing, Understanding God’s Spirit.’ Everyone was welcome –...

‘Gramps’ Stanberry baptized anew at 99

Monica Stanberry Walker is no thug and neither is her nearly century-old grandmother, Millie Stanberry. Yet, both reaped soul-level benefits from the most recent T.H.U.G.S. Revival. T.H.U.G.S. is an acronym for Trusting, Hearing, Understanding God’s Spirit. Everyone was welcome – gangsters, OGs, gang bangers, young...

COGIC moves to give back on the way back

There is great cause for early celebration as Bishop Brandon Porter, Greater Community Temple, and the International Church of God in Christ, prepare for the largest “Christmas in November” event ever sponsored. After convening in St. Louis for the past 11 years, the Church of...

The mayoral ‘Meet & Greet’ that did not go according to plan

From the outset,  the Shelby County Young Democrats’ “Meet & Greet” with the party’s Memphis mayoral hopefuls did not go as planned. Two of the four mayoral hopefuls announced as invited and confirmed – Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. and Memphis-Shelby County School Board...

SBA chief champions access to resources and tools for aspiring entrepreneurs

As the administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Isabella Casillas Guzman travels the country to promote business ownership and encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to access SBA resources and tools. That mission landed her in the Hall of Mayors at Memphis City Hall Oct. 20 for a...

1st Class Montessori celebrates 31st anniversary with ‘fun outside’

“I can’t believe it’s been 31 years,” said Evelyn Hibbler, owner of Midtown’s 1st Class Montessori School. The youthful 69-year-old took time away from a Friday afternoon celebration with students and parents. This year’s anniversary on Oct. 21 was conveniently set the day before Hibbler’s...

Life/career of service ends for TN Rep. Barbara Cooper

Memphis and the state lost a passionate supporter of education, public health, and fighting poverty and its effects with Tuesday’s (Oct. 25) death of longtime Tennessee state Rep. Barbara Ward Cooper. That was the overwhelming consensus of those who knew and collaborated with her in...

Sheriff Bonner stakes his claim to a lane in the race for Memphis mayor

With Memphis at what he called “a critical juncture,” Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. on Tuesday declared his candidacy for mayor. Bonner, who is in his second term as sheriff, announced his intention at the Tower Room at Clark Tower as more than 100...

Freedom Award gala provides measuring point for Dr. King’s ‘promised land’

As the National Civil Rights Museum honored the 2022 Freedom Award honorees, the annual celebration afforded a fresh opportunity to ponder where the city of Memphis stands relative to reaching “the promised land” that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about the night before...

Hurt, healing bared at symposium to get Ell Persons lynching site on federal registry

The horrors of lynching and the act’s lasting effects on the psyches of the victim’s relatives and witnesses were laid bare during a day-long symposium at First Congregational Church. “Confronting the Legacy of Lynching: A Conversation Among Descendants” was the fourth and final panel of...