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A virtual commemoration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy will be presented on April 4th by the National Civil Rights Museum. The presentation will mark the 52nd anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, which the museum encompasses. In response to...
by Jerome Wright --  Margaret Cowan works with “her moms,” who are struggling to create a decent life for themselves and their children. Her moms are single working mothers, who are seeking a better quality of life; struggling to make ends meet while working in low-paying jobs. Cowan’s weapon for making a...
William Herman Sweet, a retired influential legacy Memphis City Schools administrator, died March 28 after a brief illness. He would have celebrated his 94th birthday April 13. He was a beloved mentor for the development of numerous African-American educators and administrators. “Dr. Sweet was very instrumental to my development as a...
After working a 10-hour shift at a local chemical processing company, Camara Slappy was forced to walk more than an hour to get home. The normal 40-minute route from his North Memphis home to his Downtown employer had turned into an almost two-hour commute after changes to the Memphis Area...
Outdoor basketball courts with all of the rims removed by authorized personnel will - for some - be a lasting reminder of the forced upheaval of daily life in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Mayor Jim Strickland has deemed this move necessary to curb the virus' spread, particularly given...
Renee Sims-Wells’ son is in jail at 201 Poplar at a time when multiple local government orders are restricting residents’ movement and encouraging them to practice social distancing to help curb the spread of an invisible viral menace, COVID-19. On Monday, local judges are – by order of the Tennessee...
 Health Dept. confirms COVID-19 death  -- The Shelby County Health Department's latest released data records a death related to the novel coronavirus. By policy, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) does not release identifiable information about specific cases in order to protect privacy. The latest SCHD report - as of 10 a.m....
The city’s first responders are facing a new enemy in the form of the COVID-19 virus, a threat that is invisible to the naked eye and as lethal as any weapon. That puts these vital public servants on the front lines of possibly contracting the virus while serving and...
When the COVID-19 global pandemic roared into Shelby County, government officials and healthcare professionals feared the first two cases that trickled in only days ago would quickly grow to “community transmission,” also called “community spread.” They were right. The Shelby County Health Department, as of Monday, had confirmed 93 cases of...
Particulars of Mayor Strickland's stay-at-home order To further combat the spread of COVID-19, the City of Memphis will issue a Safer at Home Order effective 6pm on March 24, 2020 through midnight April 7, 2020 — directing all residents of Memphis to stay inside their homes, and immediately limit all...