MLK50

by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender “We are celebrating these women, these wives, these matriarchs, these warriors for survival and making sure everyone around them survived too,” said multi-media journalist Emily Yellin. The setting was the screening of the documentary “1,300 Men: Memphis Strike ’68” by Striking Voices...
The life expectancy at birth for an African-American man born as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in 1929 would have been about 47, according to Vol. 50, No. 6 of the National Vital Statistics Reports. For women, it would have been 49. The ages for white men and white...
The Civil Rights Movement and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. affected the way we saw ourselves, the way we responded to microaggressions and blatant discrimination. It also affected our creative expression. Some of the world’s best music was born of this movement, a reflection of our collective...
Disciples determined to pay grateful tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. converged on Memphis from myriad parts of the world. They absorbed and contributed to three power-packed days of speeches, rallies and church services boasting a virtual who’s who in politics, entertainment and labor relations. It all culminated Wednesday...
One of the self-evident truths about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream” legacy is that it’s embraced by people with starkly different views of where Memphis and the nation are 50 years after his assassination. This week in Memphis, much of the spotlight has been on commemoration events that have...
by Rev. Earle J. Fisher Special to The New Tri-State Defender People from all over the globe have had April 4th 2018 marked on their calendar for a long time.  And while many in Memphis highlighted the date as well, those of us who have been on the ground or involved...
Pelting rain and gathering winds are no match for the spirit of a crowd filled with individuals who declare themselves rooted in righteousness. Such was the case at Mason Temple 50 years ago. And so it was on Tuesday night. The crowd - striking for its diversity - answered the...
“Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.” Bishop E. Lynn Brown belted out words from the poem, “Present Crisis,” penned by American poet James Russell Lowe in the 1800s. He had a serene smile on his face...
For many 83-year-olds, some moments stay for a lifetime. Vivid memories rush back, filled with all the color and emotion of that moment. For Fred L. Davis, historic snippets of life 50 years ago remain present in his psyche, an intriguing catalog of dramatic recall he summons at will. There...