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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.

According to a recent study by the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA), two-thirds of Americans cannot pass a financial literacy test. Such tasks as devising a budget, computing interest on a loan, maintaining a savings account, understanding how investments and the stock market work, balancing a checking account each month,...
On January 22, 2008, then-President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13455, creating the 16-member President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. The council members represented a diversity of organizations, including corporations, non-profits, faith-based groups, state government agencies, regulatory authorities and academic institutions. The council adopted the Financial Literacy and Education...
Deja Foster, a former two-time captain of the Wooddale High School girls basketball team and a former captain and assistant coach at Georgia Tech, transitioned from basketball into financial services. I arranged this Q&A with her during the course of a recent chance encounter as I fleshed out plans for...
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 when the auction of the Metro Shopping Plaza property at...
  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 effort into perspective. “This will be our third year and...
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 a week. The program wrapped up June 29. Along the way,...
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 is on raising the profile of poverty, putting faces to...
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 from Booker T. Washington (High School),” Bates said. “And, he...
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 Classic, Jones founded the event that annually pumps millions of...
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 MLK50, marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr....