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Safe Summer Block Party at Hickory Ridge Middle School jump-starts 2021 series

Forced to the shelf in 2020 as Memphis dug in to endure COVID-19, the Safe Summer Block Party Series is back on track, kicking off Friday evening at Hickory Ridge Middle School. Carnival rides, exotic animals, food and music made for an enjoyable outing for...

Southwest turns to Jarrett Stephens as athletic director, men’s basketball coach

Jarrett M. Stephens – a Cleveland, Ohio native with Memphis ties and a decade-plus of experience coaching intercollegiate basketball, is set to become the new athletic director and men’s basketball coach at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Stephens, the assistant men’s basketball coach at Florida Agricultural...

Ida B. Wells – Back on Beale St.

A statue of anti-lynching crusade activist and journalist Ida B. Wells now accents the corner of Beale St. and Fourth Street as the centerpiece of Ida B. Wells Plaza. From the basement of nearby First Baptist Church-Beale, the historic church built by freed slaves, Wells,...

LENS & LINES: Mid-South Golden Gloves

Powered by the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services, the Mid-South Golden Gloves returned to Memphis after a 50-year absence on July 9-10.  “We’re glad to have the Mid-South Golden Gloves back in Memphis,” said Ike Griffith, special assistant to Mayor Jim Strickland and...

Bank of America Memphis now guided by Trevia Chatman

Trevia Chatman, who has 20 years of leadership experience within the financial services industry, has been named president of Bank of America Memphis. As president, Chatman, who joined the bank in 2018, will be responsible for connecting the banking and investment resources offered through the...

Hardaway ain’t going nowhere, for now!

For a couple of days, the University of Memphis basketball fan base was at a loss as to whether head coach Penny Hardaway could possibly leave the program to coach the NBA’s Orlando Magic. To the relief of the Tigers’ basketball faithful, Hardaway announced on...

John P. Freeman teacher nets Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Award

Dr. Melissa Collins, a second grade science teacher at John P. Freeman Optional School, has been selected as a 2021 Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Award recipient. Collins will receive a prize package valued at more than $30,000. It includes $25,000 to expand...

Leon Gray Jr. – ‘I pray I honor my father’s footsteps’

On an enlarged photo of Leon Gray Jr. – outside of the sanctuary where his homegoing was held – was a snippet of words so in keeping with the observance of Father’s Day. The words were those of Gray himself, who died June 11 at...

Meet Jimmy Crow: insurrectionist, suppressor, heir to Jim and James Crow

by Marc Morial -- “The lie of massive, rampant voter fraud is serving the same function today as it did during the rise of Jim Crow. It stokes fear in a segment of the population that democracy is in peril, and thus provides cover for...

Pearl Ivy Washington taught lessons she learned to live by

A former journalist and long-serving high school English and literature teacher, Pearl Ivy Washington died at Methodist Hospital-Germantown on June 7 after a long illness that slowed her down but never stopped her from learning. Born on July 17, 1954 in Sherard, Mississippi, she was...