Metro Memphis

Summoned to Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church for the 2019 Freedom Award Student Forum on Wednesday morning, thousands of high-energy students filed into the sanctuary for the event that annually opens the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award celebration. Five students – Mia Elizabeth Adkins, Marissa Pittman, Brooklyn Johnson and siblings...
The Best in Black (BIB) Awards presentation hosted by The New Tri-State Defender has been retooled and repositioned for African American History Month. “TSD is excited to present the next installment of BIB,” said Calvin Anderson, president of Best Media Properties, the parent company of The New Tri-State Defender. “We launch...
With the Frayser Exchange Club meeting as the setting, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris on Thursday pitched his plan to fight poverty by way of a new transit proposal. Harris has proposed directing $10 million for Memphis Area Transit Authority by adding a fee for households with three or more...
Visionary Fred Jones Jr. is the founder of the Southern Heritage Classic and the face of the annual cultural celebration, which celebrates 30 years this month. Helping to make sure that what “Fred dreams becomes the reality” is a loyal circle of support that includes three women – Maxine...
Tennessee State Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis) recalled the grim day that he witnessed violence outside of his apartment as a 4-year-old growing up in Los Angeles. “I remember seeing a man lying outside on the steps, and he was bleeding out,” Parkinson recounted. “My mother told us to walk around...
Luberta Elliott Smith, the widow of the first African American elected mayor of Holly Springs, Miss., and a long-serving teacher in the Marshall County Schools system, passed on Monday at Christopher’s Personal Care Home in Holly Springs. She was 84. The homegoing celebration will be at Asbury United Methodist Church, 225...
Estella Mayhue-Greer, who has led the Mid South Food Bank as President and CEO since 2011, will retire from the organization effective December 31, 2019. Mayhue-Greer joined Mid-South Food Bank in 1996 as agency relations director, working with the Food Bank’s network of partner agencies, significantly increasing the number of...
The ongoing journey to freedom will serve as an understood theme during “Memphis Cares2” at Crump Stadium on Sunday (April 7), beginning at 3 p.m. The event will be a free re-creation of the original Memphis Cares, April 7, 1968. In the aftermath of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King...
When Westwood High School graduate Kevin Branch was promoted to colonel – or “full bird” for the Army nerds – in the U.S. Armed Forces on Jan. 11, he was extremely grateful that both of his parents were able to do the honors of pinning him at the ceremony. “To...
It was quite apparent from the beginning of Monday’s Shelby County Commission meeting that the vote on Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’ nomination of Phyllis Aluko to head the Public Defender’s office was merely a formality. Aluko, who had been the deputy assistant public defender and acting chief, was Harris’...