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‘Jack and Jill’ marked Founders’ Day with ‘A Song For Coretta’ King

It was a day for pomp and pageantry on Sunday when Jack and Jill of America, Memphis Chapter converged on Midtown’s Hattiloo Theatre for a matinee performance of “A Song For Coretta.” “Moms,” dressed in black with pink hats and big personalities, highlighted their 81st...

NAACP issues ‘call to action’ for new juvenile justice center

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris waged a full-court press for support of his newly proposed Juvenile Justice Education Center at this year’s first meeting of the Memphis Branch  NAACP on Thursday evening. It worked. President Deidre Malone asked for a motion and second right there...

Shelby County nets $19 million grant to assist with utility costs

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris was joined by other county officials at a Wednesday afternoon press conference announcing a $19 million grant for utility assistance from the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federally funded entity. “We were thrilled, as you can imagine,...

Legacy: Floyd E. Newsum Sr. – the last of the MFD’s ‘first’

Floyd Elbert Newsum Sr. blazed an historic trail as one of the first 12 African-American firefighters to serve Memphis. Last Friday, the City of Memphis Fire Department command staff saluted him for the last time during funeral services at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.  The revered...

‘Hope and restoration’ themes resound at Monumental’s MLK Day tribute

Monumental Baptist Church is where the Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles pastored for more than five decades. The church’s annual tributes to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became notable, hosting attendees eager to hear Kyles’ unique, eyewitness details of being on that balcony...

For many NPHC fraternities and sororities, it’s a season for Founders Days

If it seems like almost every African-American fraternity or sorority is hosting a Founders Day program this month, it’s because they probably are. Of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations – affectionately called “The Divine Nine” — five were founded in January, four of them...

MLK at 90: On King’s 90th birthday, five contemporaries offer perspective

The life expectancy at birth for an African-American man born as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in 1929 would have been about 47, according to Vol. 50, No. 6 of the National Vital Statistics Reports. For women, it would have been 49. The ages...

Ernest Withers: Undercover agent for FBI or forced to be a spy?

On the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s actual birthday (Jan. 15), allegations of counterintelligence versus arguments of unwilling victim of the FBI were passionately voiced during a discussion of Preston Lauterbach’s new book, “Bluff City: The Secret Life of Ernest Withers.” A capacity...

‘Yes,’ Regina King ‘sho’ can talk about ‘Beale Street’ the movie

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Regina King makes it easy to say “yes” to an assignment editor’s request for a reporter to join in on a national conference call and listen to an actress talk about her role in a movie. I had already sounded the “y” in my “yes”...

‘Just such a woman’ wins ‘Teacher of the Year’ honor

Almost no one at Downtown Elementary School was surprised that Rosemary Winters was named the 2019 Teacher of the Year by Citizens For Better Service (CFBS), an advocacy group supporting public transportation and those who use it. “The truth is that none of us was...