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Screenshot: Dear White People (Netflix) 1. Be black. 2. Be not white. 3. Be not white and not American. 4. Tell the truth. 5. Cite facts. 6. Talk about the past. 7. Talk about the present day. 8. Talk about the future. 9. Say things like “Hi” and “Excuse me” and “Perhaps, if I were so inclined, I’d...
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...
by Calvin Taylor, Special to The New Tri-State Defender As Memphis and the Mid-South prepares to commemorate one of the darkest days in history, I am reminded of the many activities surrounding the 1968 Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of a young black college student and his companions who...
by Howard Robertson Special to The New Tri-State Defender My family and black colleges go way back. For the roughly five generations black colleges have even existed, my family relationships with them are easily traced back through four of them. My grandparents met as students at LeMoyne Normal School in Memphis....
by Roquita C. Williams “Before women gained the right to vote in America many had never before considered their degraded status as anything but natural.” I read this in the New York Times Bestseller, “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World,” by Adam Grant. “To degrade is to discredit and regard with...
by Rev. Earle J. Fisher (Originally published on MLK50.com) Wow. CNN political commentator Angela Rye’s fiery pronouncement of the state of the affairs in Memphis since 1968 sent shockwaves throughout Shelby County and throughout social media. Rye mounted The Orpheum Theatre stage, played an excerpt from Dr. King’s “Mountaintop” speech and...
by Carlissa Shaw Special to The New Tri-State Defender Let’s stop asking the question of, “Where are our black girl leaders?” Instead, let’s shift to this: “How can we assist our black girl leaders to shine ever the more brightly.” This is a question that I posed in a column I wrote...
by Pam Johnson FedEx.com/blog/mlk50 Imagine you’re a writer, and you get a call one day from a friend asking if you might be available to provide speech-writing assistance to a colleague of his.  And then imagine that the colleague turns out to be Yolanda Denise King, daughter of Coretta and Dr....
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 the near future, know that...
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