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State report: No violation of open meetings law in moving of Confederate statues

Despite continued criticism from some quarters and a nagging lawsuit, the City of Memphis has steadfastly maintained that it obeyed the law in selling two city parks and clearing the way for the removal of three controversial statues saluting Confederate-era figures. Now the Tennessee Comptrollers’...

Jackson takes his Tennessee tour to TSU for a special ‘Conversation’

by Emmanuel Freeman TSU News Service NASHVILLE – The Rev. Jesse Jackson, renowned civil rights and social justice crusader, discussed voter registration, education, poverty and the commemoration of Black History Month during a forum at Tennessee State University on Tuesday. TSU President Glenda Glover organized the forum,...

LEGACY: Geneva Cooper dies at 103

Geneva Cooper, one of the first African-American librarians in Memphis, passed away Tuesday morning. She was 103. Ms. Cooper worked at the Vance Avenue Branch starting in 1947. The library was renamed the Cornelia Crenshaw Memorial Library in honor of community activist Cornelia Crenshaw in...

How an internationally-awarded educator engages Memphis children

by Kim Coleman and Jim Coleman High Ground News Growing up in the South Memphis neighborhood of Whitehaven, Dr. Melissa Collins always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Her father was an educator at Whitehaven High School. Her first-grade teacher, Opal Jackson, also made an impression. “I...

Thought-provoking symposium was a fitting setup for Withers home dedication

by Canisha Robertson Special to The New Tri-State Defender The “Historical Symposium” held last week at The LeMoyne-Owen College unfolded in conjunction with the dedication of the Memphis home of renowned photojournalist Ernest C. Withers and began with a provocative question. “Do you believe we are in...

Luttrell moves to ‘report and to advise’ in last State of Shelby County message

The setting for Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.’s last State of the County Address was a downtown church – Historic Clayborn Temple. As he prepared to take his seat, the term-limited Luttrell jokingly said that he could preach. While there is no indication...

Robertson: “My I Owe You: A personal Black History tribute”

by Howard Robertson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender At this age and stage of life, I don’t have very many bills.  It’s a great place to be.  While the young folks reading this may not clearly see their way to achieving this state in...

Kroger closing, voter registration on Community Town Hall Forum agenda

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...

Agape Child & Family Services to host career fair on Feb. 7

Agape Child & Family Services is hiring for more than 30 jobs and is holding a career fair on Feb. 7. The local non-profit will increase its staff size by nearly 40 percent once all positions are filled. The agency a $12 million grant from...

For Pastor Orr, the key to a bigger church is the little-church feel

Rev. Bartholomew Orr
by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell  Special to the New Tri-State Defender …And as I stand before you tonight, I must still say that the Church is the most segregated major institution in America, and we must face the shameful fact that eleven o’clock on Sunday morning, when we stand...
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