Friday, August 14, 2020

MLK50: The View From 38126

We wanted to see how Shelby County’s poorest ZIP code has fared in the 50 years since Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed at the Lorraine Motel.
What we found: Hope in the midst of hardship, and poverty perched next to progress.

A once-bustling center of African-American-owned businesses was scheduled for auction on Friday (Nov. 16) until an online banner that appeared early Wednesday announced that the auction had been cancelled. No additional information was offered nor readily available. It’s uncertain if or...
  As about 100 volunteers took a break after filling 900 backpacks for distribution to students – all of them – at Booker T. Washington High School and its feeder school, LaRose Elementary, Shante Avant took a moment to put...
The Made to Play program at LaRose Elementary School had a six-weeks mission – get kids active this summer. Catering to students in grades K-5, the focus was on providing them with one hour of physical activity five days...
The New Tri-State Defender’s yearlong MLK50 reporting project continues with this second installment of MLK50: The view from 38126. Zeroed in on the city’s poorest ZIP code – and one of the poorest in the nation, the coverage focus...
by Ashlei Williams Memories that stick with Jo Ellen Bates bring to mind a bustling South Memphis so vastly different from how a slice of it – ZIP code 38126 – is viewed through its statistics. “My husband graduated in ’59...
by Canisha Robertson I am a senior at The LeMoyne-Owen College. This semester I am doing a journalism internship with The New Tri-State Defender. This takes on added significance this year as TSD devotes a segment of its coverage to...
Fred Jones and Willie Gregory have taken distinctly different paths to success. If they reversed course, their roads would lead them to within a few blocks of each other in South Memphis, ZIP code 38126. Synonymous with the Southern Heritage...
by Canisha Robertson Chris Dean knows of a path that will take you from the White House to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The stimulating salute to Dr. King is located in West Potomac Park, next to the National...
Dr. Willie W. Herenton was the 28-year-old principal of Larose Elementary School – 38126 in South Memphis – when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to the city in support of striking sanitation workers in 1968. The youngest principal in...
Mention “side hustle” to Jeffrey Higgs and you’ve opened one of many doors that lead to his memories of growing up in the J.A. Fowler Homes housing project at 884 Mason St., Apt. 325, Memphis, TN 38126. “One of the...
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