Commentary

On Tuesday, November 16th, news media around the United States reported the story that a local law enforcement officials arrested a white teenager who idolized Dylan Roof with a notebook in her position detailing a plot to attack Bethel AME Church in Gainesville, Ga. We are thankful for the...
by L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender (Editor's Note: The following has been updated from its original publication in November 2018) The term actualize means to make a reality by action. If we are to really celebrate Thanksgiving 2018, let us transform the celebration into an...
By Mabra Holeyfield, Special to the New Tri-State Defender I realize that nobody really wants to talk about algebra but stay with me a couple minutes because this is important. The requirement that all students pass algebra in order to graduate from high school is causing many students to drop out...
Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives (F.F.U.N.) will host its 10th Annual Multicultural Unity in the Community and Family Picnic in Audubon Park, 4145 Southern Ave., on Oct. 19. The event’s theme is “Celebrating Our Differences.” Activities run from noon to 4 p.m. and will be set in the section of the...
by Karu F. Daniels --  AmeriKKKa’s favorite president had special requests for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on his first visit back in 2017. The newly appointed Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III offers some revelations about the then soon-to-be president’s visit in his upcoming memoir, A Fool’s...
by Meili Powell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Two years ago, I started as a third-grade reading teacher in Shelby County Schools (SCS). I knew that third grade was the strongest predictor of long-term learning success, but I did not know the complexity behind the immense literacy gaps within...
By Charlene Crowell, NNPA Newswire Contributor America’s nagging racial wealth gap has been the focus of many research reports and economic policy debates. Now new research analyzes the strong connection between disproportionate wealth and financial services and products that are either shared or denied with consumers of color. Authored by the...
Far too often, our diversity strategy consists of zeroing in on the problem, and then yelling, “Ready, fire, aim.” The chances of hitting the right mark are small, and the risk of injury to innocent bystanders is quite high. Let me explain how it works. Recently, a gentleman seated near me...
Dr. Andre Perry of the Brookings Institute and the Hechinger Report delved into his research on race and structural inequality, education and economic inclusion during a visit to LeMoyne-Owen College last week.  Perry’s visit to Memphis’ only HBCU (historically black college and university) included an interview with Brian Clay of...
by Linda S. Wallace, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Diversity operates much like a brand new car. If you get behind the wheel without reading a manual or book, you significantly increase your risks of having a mishap, breakdown or accident. You’re the driver so don’t blame the car....