Social Justice

The real-life drama that culminated with the removal of Confederate-era statues from what had been two Memphis-owned parks will be the subject of a play being developed by Ekundayo Bandele, founder and CEO of the Hattiloo Theatre. With Bandele and an associate, Johnny Jones, forming the creative team, the Hattiloo...
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TSD Editor's Note: Bryan Stevenson was a 2016 recipient of the Freedom Award, presented by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Bryan Stevenson may well be the nation’s most consequential civil rights lawyer since Thurgood Marshall. While Marshall stared down unrepentant racists in Southern courtrooms at a time when inequality...
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By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor The painful true stories of five falsely accused young men, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, and Korey Wise, has been brought to light in excruciatingly vivid detail by director Ava DuVernay. The group known as the Central Park Five would...
Anyone who thinks the black church is a bygone relic with no relevance to the social justice struggles of today, you may need to reassess. “The church” is obviously not a monolith and is taking on everything from mental illness to HIV/AIDS to mass incarceration. In that vein, Rev. Raphael...
Mixed emotions circulated the Frayser Exchange Club on Thursday as community leaders deviated from their scheduled agenda to focused on the events that had transpired in their community less than 24 hours before. Just blocks away, 20-year-old Brandon Webber was shot and killed by U.S. Marshals, igniting protests from...
After 21 years in federal prison, Alice Marie Johnson sprinted across a roadway near where she had been locked up. Waiting were family, friends and social justice warriors. Last Friday and nearly a year later, many of those same people and many others were in Memphis as Johnson danced –...
Alice Marie Johnson, the author of “After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom,” will share her story during a special presentation at the National Civil Rights Museum on June 3. Johnson earned national attention when reality star and business mogul Kim Kardashian West advocated for her release from prison....
God, love and ministry was a trinity embodied by the life of the Rev. Ralph White, the servant-oriented pastor of Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church in South Memphis. Rev. White was officiating a funeral when he passed away Saturday. “So very sorry to hear. He was my friend and brother...
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Delucca “Lucca” Rolle, the 15-year-old high school student who was punched and had his head slammed against the concrete by law enforcement officers last month, joined his attorney and several prominent civil rights activists in a peaceful demonstration in Florida to denounce police...
MLK51 celebrated on April 4, 2019 produced myriad images associated with commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Downtown Memphis on April 4, 1968. The following images showcase a program at the National...