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COMMENTARY: ‘Day of Service’ a superficial sham of a way to celebrate MLK Day

Dr. King Day became a federal holiday in 1983.  Eleven years later, in 1994, Congress designated the day as “a national day of service” and assigned the Corporation of National and Community Service with the task of leading the effort. In 2020, the “day of service” has become a sham. It has been a sham for several years now.

COMMENTARY: How sports helped desegregate Memphis

Fans are enjoying the Memphis Tigers as they dominate the gridiron and the hardwood. But more than 50 years ago, the fate of one player divided the city – and “Bingo” was his name-O

SLIDEHOW: Military mom surprises daughter by coming home for Christmas – from S. Korea

TSD photojournalist Gary S. Whitlow was on hand for the special moment that a third-grader found out her military mom would be home for Christmas after all! Staff Sgt. Quashaundria Williams, who had been deployed to South Korea, had been separated from her daughter, Shaumya...

COMMENTARY: From the crucible of segregation to Kwanzaa

by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. In spite of the pathos of segregation, there were some benefits for African Americans. Segregation created the “crucible of necessity.” A crucible – in its classic sense – is a vessel used to melt materials at a high temperature...

Rosa Parks Day Gala makes debut with CNN’s April Ryan

by Myron Mays, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Earlier this year, State Rep. Karen Camper (House Minority Leader) and State Sen. Raumesh Akbari successfully sought to celebrate the legacy of Rosa Parks through the successful passing of Tennessee Senate Bill 500, which declared December...

LEGACY: Attorney Samuel L. Perkins remembered as a “giant” and “gentleman”

For many, words such as “giant” and “gentleman” were placed comfortably in sentences describing renowned Memphis defense attorney Samuel L. Perkins, who passed away on Tuesday. Mr. Perkins was the former president of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was the first African American...

COMMENTARY: In spite of hatred and violence, the doors of the church are still open

On Tuesday, November 16th, news media around the United States reported the story that a local law enforcement officials arrested a white teenager who idolized Dylan Roof with a notebook in her position detailing a plot to attack Bethel AME Church in Gainesville, Ga....

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Gray: Actualize Thanksgiving with ‘thankful living’

by L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender (Editor's Note: The following has been updated from its original publication in November 2018) The term actualize means to make a reality by action. If we are to really celebrate Thanksgiving 2018, let us...

W. C. Handy Heritage Awards celebrate Memphis Bicentennial Blues, Jazz & Soul

Swaying, clapping and rocking from beginning to end is the norm at the W.C. Handy Heritage Awards and the 23rd annual event had all of that – and more! Guests flowed into the Holiday Inn-Airport (Nov. 17) to the sounds of the super-talented Stax Music...