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by Nicole Lacey Chief Communications Officer Memphis Area Transit Authority  The New Tri-State Defender published a letter to the editor about the Memphis Area Transit Authority and its delivery of service to paratransit customers in its August 2-8, 2018 issue. The letter was written by Dorothy Conner, a bus rider and...
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Shelby County Mayor-elect Lee Harris said Tuesday’s meeting of his transition team, the first for the group, reflected the diversity of Shelby County, something he touted in his successful campaign to succeed Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. “We had over three dozen people who represent all walks of life all...
Peel back the years that the Southern Heritage Classic has unfolded in Memphis and some building-block words, phrases and thoughts pop out:  Vision. Perseverance. “…(T)his can be successful.”  Economic impact. “It’s about what we can accomplish together.” With the Memphis tradition poised to add its 29th layer (Sept. 6-8), Southern Heritage Classic Founder Fred Jones...
David McKinney, the new senior vice president of public policy for The Greater Memphis Chamber, recently sat down with The New Tri-State Defender to talk about business development and how his policy role will help guide the Chamber in its quest to make Memphis a magnet for big business...
The critics and naysayers – a most of which have been African Americans – have been many. They insist that it is a waste of time for representatives of black farmers to visit the White House and talk with members of an administration that is insensitive to the concerns...
At least four teachers and a school counselor have accused a Memphis principal of pressuring them to promote or graduate students who were failing, according to Chalkbeat’s review of his personnel file. The teachers said Kingsbury High School Principal Terry Ross told them individually that they must give seniors last-minute...
We never thought the day would come, but Sarah Huckabee Sanders finally admitted she was wrong about something. The White House press secretary on Tuesday tweeted a correction after stating that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African-American workers as his predecessor Barack Obama. Correction from today’s briefing: Jobs...
By Jesse J. Holland WASHINGTON — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump's side, making her deeply unpopular with African Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people. Her falling out with Trump and...
by Andy Meek Anasa Troutman believes so deeply in the mission of Clayborn Temple that she co-wrote, produced and presented a musical at the landmark earlier this year called “Union,” which chronicled the story of the 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike. The musical was timed to the commemoration of the 50th...
by Johnesha Harris --  The students of Booker T. Washington High School chanted “I am somebody” along with Jesse Jackson Monday afternoon in their school’s auditorium. The chant symbolized a promise that he wanted students to make to themselves to graduate and remain involved in their community. The civil rights leader...