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New Sardis MBC celebrates with church’s 104-year-old matriarch

Stevie Nolan, the 104-year-old church member of New Sardis Missionary Baptist Church, recently was saluted as the “Matriarch” of the church. The (Sept. 8) recognition for the church’s oldest living member was immediately after church service in the Family Life Center of New Sardis Baptist...

LENS & LINES: 60-year salute to the Memphis State 8

Five of the eight people, who - in September 1959 - ushered the reality of integration onto the campus of then-Memphis State University, were saluted with royal-like treatment Wednesday night. The University Centre Theatre on the campus of the University of Memphis was the setting...

Curious about The Peace Corp? Workshop set for Tuesday

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The Peace Corps will hold an application workshop on September 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Suite 3000 of the Ridgeway Business Center, 5865 Ridgeway Center Parkway. Peace Corps volunteers live and work for 27-month terms of service in more than 60...

Orange Mound + parade = A tradition of excellence!

The Orange Mound Parade Committee's annual salute to the Southern Heritage Classic engineered a procession of sights and sounds worthy of the Southern Heritage Classic @ 30! GALLERY: (Photos by Johnathan Martin)

New pastor installation set for Greater Middle Baptist Church

Greater Middle Baptist Church will install the Rev. Rodney Echols Sr. as pastor on Sunday (September 15). Dr. Donald R. Ester, pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, will deliver the address during the installation, which begins at 3 p.m. Rev. Echols received a Master...

Tracking views of the country’s racial progress – or the lack of it!

by Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Anna Brown and Kiana Cox, Pew Research Center More than 150 years after the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States, most U.S. adults say the legacy of slavery continues to have an impact on the position of black people...

LENS & LINES: Gladys Knight, Jeffrey Osborne deliver in ‘Classic’ style

Soul music legends Gladys Knight and Jeffrey Osborne thrilled a sold-out crowd during the Classic Concert at The Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Memphis on Wednesday evening. Jeffrey Osborne opened up the show, entering from the stage and taking his performance into a ready-to-party audience. With...

WANTED: Living relatives of Negro League star pitcher Verdell Mathis

It’s been about 70 years since Verdell Mathis pitched for the Memphis Red Sox. During the 1940s, he was considered the greatest lefty pitcher of the Negro Leagues. At 5-10 and 150 lbs., Mathis was known for his arsenal of pitches – a terrific curve...

Judge blocks Tennessee voter signup penalties, citing harm

 A federal judge has blocked Tennessee’s new restrictions for registering voters from taking effect on Oct. 1 while a challenge of the law proceeds. Judge Aleta Trauger wrote Thursday that there’s no basis in the record to conclude the law will provide much benefit to...

Fred Jones Way signals a job well done!

When the grounds of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium swell with Southern Heritage Classic attendees this weekend, thousands of pairs of feet will walk along Fred Jones Way, a familiar path that now bears the name of the founder of "The Classic." The wraps came off...