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Color, drama, pageantry—Africa in April has it all!

For more than three decades, the Africa in April International Festival has entertained, educated and kept its revelers engaged in multicultural celebrations of African countries. Meaningful bonds have been nurtured between Memphis and the African continent because of the authentic enactments of dance, song, culinary...

Early voting window is now open

In many states, a photo identification is required for the right to cast a ballot. Tennessee is not one of them. The first step, of course, is completing the registration process with the Shelby County Election Commission. Basic requirements of voter registration are: * U.S. citizenship * Be...

MLK50: 50 years after Room 306

Disciples determined to pay grateful tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. converged on Memphis from myriad parts of the world. They absorbed and contributed to three power-packed days of speeches, rallies and church services boasting a virtual who’s who in politics, entertainment and...

I AM 2018 movement builds on ‘Mountaintop’ energy

Pelting rain and gathering winds are no match for the spirit of a crowd filled with individuals who declare themselves rooted in righteousness. Such was the case at Mason Temple 50 years ago. And so it was on Tuesday night. The crowd - striking for...

Fred L. Davis: Turning 50 times three

For many 83-year-olds, some moments stay for a lifetime. Vivid memories rush back, filled with all the color and emotion of that moment. For Fred L. Davis, historic snippets of life 50 years ago remain present in his psyche, an intriguing catalog of dramatic...

Voices of reflection, hope resound at ‘The Dream Lives’ event

An impressive roster of heavy hitters delivered profoundly memorable moments during Monday night’s commemorative service observing the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Hyundai Motor America teamed up with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Rainbow PUSH Coalition,...

Dr. King declared ‘resurrected’ by Rev. Jesse Jackson

“Atlanta was Dr. King’s ‘Bethlehem.’ The Lorraine Motel was his ‘Calvary’. We were not saved at Bethlehem. We were saved at Calvary. Resurrection only comes after death. Dr. King has been resurrected. Dr. King’s spirit yet lives here in Memphis.” The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson...

MLK50: Do the issues of ’68 still dog AFSCME 1733?

The nation’s “drum major for justice” interrupted his Poor People’s Campaign in 1968 to join the city’s public works employees in a strike for higher pay and more humane working conditions. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,who declared that he was “not fearing any man,”  because...

Moving beyond the grief: SCLC vision must go on

The first reaction was shock. Stunned silence robbed family and friends of any words. Then came the tears. There would be lots and lots of tears. Deep and utter sadness and disbelief yoked a heavy burden on those who knew and loved President Dwight...

“Voices for Justice” to speak at St. Mary

Saturday, April 7, will be a day of remembrance for hundreds of Memphians as they commemorate the 1968 Ministers March from St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral to City Hall downtown. The occasion is an official MLK50-sanctioned event, organized by Voices For Justice in the Mid-South (VFJMS)...