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DNA and a family name do not always a close connection make. Practically any member of any family of any size will attest to this truism. Sometimes the name and DNA are all that family members have in common.     Such was the situation between former Memphis Mayor Henry...
by Thelma Balfour, Special to The New Tri-State Defender MLK50 reflections, biblical references and public education were all themes in a keynote address by Lt. Col. Sandra Walls (USAF retired) Saturday at the Unity Brunch. The themes reflected the times in which African Americans are faced with school closings, substandard facilities and...
About 1,200 Memphis school employees will see their wages increase to $15 per hour under a budget plan announced Tuesday evening. The raises would would cost about $2.4 million, according to Lin Johnson, the district’s chief of finance. The plan for Shelby County Schools, the city’s fifth largest employer, comes as...
When you've stated publicly that "new threats to communities of color" are emerging daily and associated that observation with what you are convinced are attacks on the nation's democracy, then you go where you need to go and do what you need to do. That conviction is bringing National NAACP Board...
The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is taking another step this month to connect recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) in Shelby County with meaningful work opportunities. TDHS is co-sponsoring a career, education and resource fair in Memphis Saturday, March 17 and Saturday,...
Hamilton High School keeps rolling in their quest for hoops glory.After a 81-45 blowout of Ripley High School (pictured), the Wildcats pulled out an 79-64 victory over Covington High School on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Next up for Coach Will Smith and his Wildcats: a March 1 clash with the Mitchell...
Memphis Urban League, a non-profit, nonpartisan, community-based organization that provides direct services and policy advocacy to help individuals and communities reach their full potential, has launched its Bernal E. Smith II Empowerment Center. The center is an extension of the the Memphis Urban League's “Save Our Sons” Initiative, with thanks...
The beat of African drums performed by Kindred Spirit and African cuisine prepared by two of Memphis' premiere chefs was part of a premiere showing of "Black Panther" at the Malco Cordova Cinema Thursday evening. The Redwing Group coordinated the rich cultural experience, along with others sponsors, including state Rep. Karen...
The closing of the Kroger store in Orange Mound, the impact of MLK50 and a push for voter registration are all on the agenda of the Community Town Hall Forum set for Sunday at Mt. Pisgah CME Church at 2490 Park Ave. The forum is being hosted by the Rev....
Fifty years to the day (Feb. 1) that City of Memphis sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker were crushed to death inside of their trucks’ garbage barrel, the tragic accident was recounted near where it happened at Colonial Rd. and Verne. Cole and Walker were seeking shelter from the...