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Writing for a ‘Princess’

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,...

Memphis Urban League launches new Bernal E. Smith II Empowerment Center

Memphis Urban League, a non-profit, nonpartisan, community-based organization that provides direct services and policy advocacy to help individuals and communities reach their full potential, has launched its Bernal E. Smith II Empowerment Center. The center is an extension of the the Memphis Urban League's “Save...

‘It’s time,’ says Rep. Turner in deciding not to run for re-election

Rep. Johnnie Turner (District 85) is very much familiar with the Memphis Branch office of the NAACP on Vance Ave. For a dozen-plus years, she was the group's executive director, working out of the office in service to the community. On Friday morning, Turner made...

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...
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