Monday, July 13, 2020

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LENS & LINES: Welcome to ‘Larry Dodson, Sr. Road’

Family and friends of Memphis music icon Larry Dodson Sr. joined him on Friday for the unveiling of a sign that brought his legacy sharply into view at the corner of Marlin Rd. and Elvis Presley Blvd. Now a solo artist, the former lead singer...

Southern Justice Summit crafted as a tool for ‘transformative change’

Declaring that the "need for transformative change has never been clearer" and that the way forward is equally so," Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris this week detailed plans for the first #SouthernJustice Summit to be hosted in virtual mode with the Memphis Urban League. "This...

NAACP Freedom Fund event to feature national President/CEO Derrick Johnson

National NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson will be the keynote speaker as the NAACP Memphis Branch holds its annual Freedom Fund fundraiser virtually via ZOOM on Saturday (July 11), beginning at  11:30 a.m. This is the first in a series of Freedom Fund events...

LENS & LINES: Legally speaking — racism has got to go!

Lawyers and supporters -- about 200 strong -- rallied and marched downtown on Wednesday morning. Organized by the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association, the Memphis Bar Association and the Association for Women Attorneys, the march was a way of saying...

Poor People’s Campaign stages massive online demonstration

(Religion News Service) — With COVID-19 restrictions preventing an intended in-person rally in Washington D.C., at least a million supporters of the Poor People's Campaign reportedly tuned in Saturday (June 20) to watch a mix of live speeches and pre-recorded clips of liberal religious...

Nonprofit coalition forms to demand accountability re: police brutality, systemic racism

An open letter to local elected officials and corporate leaders signals the presence of a new black-led coalition of local nonprofit leaders with a list of "measures to stop police brutality and reverse the effects of entrenched systems of poverty and inequality." The group announced...

Answering the ‘call’ as a sisterhood

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ® International President Dr. Glenda Glover says George Floyd’s cry out to his late mother before taking his last breath was a symbolic plea to all women for help. She has called on leaders from 12 historic and celebrated African-American...

Benjamin Crump: “…helping America be America for all Americans!”

Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the family of George Floyd, spoke at the memorial service for Floyd in Minneapolis Thursday.

TSD EDITORIAL: Time to accelerate toward change!

American Citizen George Floyd was killed 828 miles and about 13 hours from the historical marker in Memphis that notes Ida B. Wells’ passion to expose and eliminate lynching. The extreme, reckless disregard for his life warrants consideration of murder at the highest degree...

TSD FLASH! — Unrest in Memphis, Day V

Demand for substantive changes in the way law enforcement is applied in Memphis and the US, particularly as it relates to African Americans, fueled local protests for a fifth day on Sunday. For several hours, protesters flowed through various parts of downtown Memphis, with attempts...