Monday, July 4, 2022

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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Anti-violence event gives voice, input to teens leading the fight

Six young men, ranging in ages from 14 to 18, were cruising around; two of them were virtually inseparable. They were driving south on Watkins toward the point where it becomes Cleveland when they noticed a car following – a gold sedan, police said. The...

‘Divine 9’ issues community invitation to 2018 ‘Greek Week’

Thousands of Greek delegates, Greek members, their guests and community supporters will converge on the city this week to celebrate the “one-ness” and the unity of African-American collegiate fraternities and sororities. “‘The Divine Nine’ is what we’re called, historically black fraternities and sororities,” said Charles...

POVERTY UNPLUGGED: Unscripted moment accents ‘Access to Education’ forum

The MLK50 commemoration continues with United Way of the Mid-South’s “Poverty Unplugged” series. The second installment Tuesday evening at the National Civil Rights Museum explored some thought-provoking strategies in battling low performance in the classroom. Four panelists, led by moderator Dr. Charles McKinney, touted old...

Sen. Tate ‘censured’ by Shelby County Democrats

“I’m censured? What does that mean? Do you know what that means? Have I lost my right to speak? Do I have to stay in my room? I can’t come out without permission? I’m censured. This is the first I have heard of it,...

Floyd Bonner Jr. and Dale Lane push to come out on top in race for Shelby County Sheriff

  Democrat Floyd Bonner Jr. and Republican Dale Lane emerged victorious in the May primaries for Shelby County Sheriff. Bonner, chief deputy of the Sheriff’s office, boasts the endorsement of out-going Sheriff Bill Oldham, a Republican who is term limited. Lane, director of the Shelby County Office...

Jesse Turner Jr. retires, bank in ‘good hands’

“Well, it was just time. Time to bring in new leadership to take us forward, time for me to move on to something else. This was just a good time to retire.” Spoken like a man who feels that 28 years leading the Tri-State Bank...

Services for former police director, security professional Melvin Burgess Sr. set for Thursday

Melvin Burgess Sr.
His was the textbook “local son makes good” story.  Melvin Burgess Sr. was born on May 23, 1938 to parents Katherine Gilder Burgess and Eddie Burgess. Like so many African-American families of that era in Memphis, hard work, education, faith in God and strong family...

Kennedy Democratic Organization co-founder, Charlie Morris, passes

Less than two months after seeing his brother’s 1939 lynching acknowledged by the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis, local activist Charlie Morris has passed away. He died Sunday at the age of 97. He was born in Arlington, Tenn., on Jan. 23, 1921. Young Charlie...

Pastor Kneeland looking toward retirement after health scare

Congregants were preparing to hear the Sunday morning sermon at Union Valley Baptist Church, an iconic landmark in the heart of South Memphis. Pastor H.O. Kneeland was reminding the church to pray for those on the “Sick and Shut-In List.” Before the Rev. Kneeland could...

The 800 Initiative hailed as a setup to win

The historic Universal Life Building at 480 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in ZIP Code 38126 is envisioned as a fitting place to nurture and develop African-American-owned businesses. On Tuesday, Mayor Jim Strickland and an array of business leaders rolled out “The 800 Initiative”...