Saturday, July 31, 2021

Community

by James Coleman -- Seventies soul standouts the Temprees Tuesday (July 20) joined the ranks of Memphis artists who have had a street honorarily named after them when the Memphis City Council adopted a resolution granting the honor. Joubert Avenue, between...
History and consciousness go hand in hand, sharing the trait of crossing through time and giving the living the opportunity to embrace them in the course of making progress. Such was the case with the unveiling of a five-foot...
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...
by Laura Faith Kebede -- This week’s statue unveiling for Ida B. Wells is not the first time Memphis attempted to honor the famed journalist and suffragist with a landmark.  In 1931, the year Wells died, her long-time friend and fellow...
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...
In the historic church that housed the newspaper produced by fear-defying journalist Ida B. Wells, the spearhead of the effort to honor her with a Memphis statue issued “a call to action” during a Sunday evening (July 11) worship...
by James Coleman -- An attorney for Plains All-American Pipeline cautioned the Memphis City Council Tuesday (July 6) that anti-pipeline ordinances under consideration could hamstring the city legally and economically. The ordinance under consideration would ban crude oil pipelines within 1,500...
Twenty years ago, then Rhodes College professor Russell Wigginton approached the Tri-State Defender looking to access the newspaper’s archives for his students to write research papers. That outreach evolved to him writing the first 50-year history of the newspaper. Calling...
There was always going to be great fanfare surrounding an Ida B. Wells monument.  The Rev. Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. and the Ida B. Wells Memphis Memorial Committee envisioned a day when Wells would finally return to Memphis,...
It was a story that needed to be told – how the 1991 People’s Convention paved the way for Memphis to elect its first African-American mayor. “Unbroken: The Story of the 1991 People’s Convention” brought out old friends and original...