Sunday, January 24, 2021

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The HistoryMakers moves to stem the loss of Black history

The nation’s largest African American video oral history archive is hosting a virtual convening to address the “crisis” of key public figures passing away without having their stories documented and preserved for the benefit of succeeding generations. In what is described as “a race against...

Try these simple workouts to combat stereotypes and bias

by Linda S. Wallace -- Years ago, an anxious European-American woman shared a troubling story about her son, who lived to watch and play basketball. One day he said to her matter-of-factly, “Mom, I can’t be a basketball player when I grow up because...

BOOK REVIEW: ‘My Life in the Purple Kingdom’

by Terri Schlichenmeyer -- You had every intention to stand still that night. Nice try. Your shoulders were shimmying ten seconds after you stepped to a beat, left foot, right foot, through a wall of thump that came from speakers taller than you. You stopped, and...

Police force of 2,500 moved toward a City Council decision

by James Coleman -- How large should the Memphis police force be? The public safety task force chaired by Councilwoman Rhonda Logan this week decided on 2,500 and advanced that recommendation toward a vote. A resolution introduced by Logan accepting the recommendations was introduced during Tuesday’s...

Secretary of Education — who will it be?

by Curtis Weathers -- President-elect Joe Biden is moving swiftly to fill cabinet positions in his administration. My interest, of course, is who he will select as the new Secretary of Education. Biden and his advisers have been getting both solicited and unsolicited advice from numerous...

A matter of decorum gets City Council’s attention

by James Coleman -- As the dust settled from an acrimonious Nov. 17 Memphis City Council meeting, where accusations of race-bias and personal insults were hurled following a vote for council chairperson for the upcoming year, an amendment to the rules of decorum was contemplated...

‘Dear Justyce’ warrants approval by young and old

by Terri Schlichenmeyer -- Your birthday card had a Black History postage stamp on it. As always, it was from Grandma and though it's kind of corny, you look forward to it ever year: a blue or red envelope outside, a sentimental saying with a few...

Zeta Phi Beta ‘band nerd’ set to step into history, Macy’s Parade

by Stacey J. Smith -- Ebony Lemons always looked forward to seeing the bands in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She calls herself a “band nerd.” “I played the clarinet in middle school, high school and some of college, so hearing the bands will take me back...

Give Life Church Challenge helps create heart-filling moments

by Cathy Hart -- “You know too … that this was GOD’S plan from the beginning,” Barbara Edmond recently told The New Tri-State Defender, as she shared details of her journey as a donor family with the Mid-South Transplant Foundation (MSTF) during the Give Life...

Legacy: Herman R. Rankins – ‘The Maestro’

by Lee D. Miller III -- Whether the call was for hot jazz licks, woodwind or brass expanses on the music scales or staccato taps on the drums, the George Washington Carver High School bands responded to the majestic directions of “The Maestro” – Herman R....
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