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Dr. King Day became a federal holiday in 1983.  Eleven years later, in 1994, Congress designated the day as “a national day of service” and assigned the Corporation of National and Community Service with the task of leading the effort. In 2020, the “day of service” has become a sham. It has been a sham for several years now.
A Wednesday morning news conference at the NAACP Memphis Branch office kicked off big buzz around the 2nd Annual Uplift the Community Grant awards for non-profit organizations. Applications are available now on the NAACP website. A three-fold partnership between Kroger’s Delta Division, the Memphis NAACP, and The New Tri-State Defender launched...
Dr. Luther D. Ivory, professor emeritus at Rhodes College, speaks from experience when he says a new generation of students wants to know who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was and how his resistance to the status quo changed life for African Americans. They are curious, he says, about...
By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Calling preparations for the 2020 Census “conspicuously deficient,” the NAACP is suing the U.S. Census Bureau, demanding that the agency send more workers into the field and spend more money on encouraging people to participate in the once-a-decade head count. The civil rights...
By JILL LAWLESS and LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press LONDON (AP) — When accomplished, glamorous American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018, she was hailed as a breath of fresh air for Britain's fusty royal family. That honeymoon didn't last. Now the couple wants independence, saying the pressure of life as...
By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa — Quentin Hart, the black mayor of Iowa's most racially diverse city, is backing Pete Buttigieg for president, giving the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor a rare boost from a minority leader as he struggles to attract voters of color. Hart told The...
Whoever the president is in 2020, they won't be of African American descent. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced today that he's dropping out of the race for president. Although disappointing, the news is not shocking. Booker has lagged in both polls and fundraising, and was not able to hit...
It wasn’t that Malik Mayweather’s mother didn’t want him and his two sisters. But when it became apparent that she and her long-time, live-in boyfriend were going to end their relationship, Malik’s mother made the hardest decision she would ever have to make. Malik’s father was a successful entrepreneur, and...
River City Capital Investment (RCC), an affiliate of Community Lift, was awarded $225,000 from the U. S. Department of Treasury as a part of their community development financial institution (CDFI) Fund. “This is flexible, no-cost capital that RCC can use to increase the volume of its products and services,” said...
Count the Rev. Jeffrey Williams among the local pastors who – despite dwindling attendance – is rock-solid sure that the church will increasingly become a place of refuge in the troubled times ahead. Such assuredness is rooted in a faith that sustains the pastor of Tucker Temple Church of God...