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Rosalyn “Bird” Holmes was released Wednesday afternoon on a $60,000 bond after spending 43 days in pre-trial, pre-indictment detention in a women’s prison, miles from her hometown of Memphis. Just a few days after turning 16, Holmes was sent to the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, Tenn. Holmes and...
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Lezley McSpadden, the mother of slain Ferguson, Missouri teen, Michael Brown, is gearing up to be the change she wants to see. McSpadden announced that she will run for Ferguson City Council at an Institute of Politics panel discussion at Harvard University on Monday night, reports Fox. The city council sets policing policies in the city and...
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By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Visitors to the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice first glimpse them, eerily, in the distance: Brown rectangular slabs, 800 in all, inscribed with the names of more than 4,000 souls who lost their lives in lynchings between 1877 and 1950. Each...
Pelting rain and gathering winds are no match for the spirit of a crowd filled with individuals who declare themselves rooted in righteousness. Such was the case at Mason Temple 50 years ago. And so it was on Tuesday night. The crowd - striking for its diversity - answered the...
by Joyce Kyles, Special to The New Tri-State Defender As the days of our lives mesh into a reel of memories that can become challenging to recall as the volume of them increases, some days stand out and we know at the time that they always will. Such was the case...
An impressive roster of heavy hitters delivered profoundly memorable moments during Monday night’s commemorative service observing the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Hyundai Motor America teamed up with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and Temple of Deliverance Church...
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The room was packed. The speaker - former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. - commanded attention with his presence. No stranger to Memphis, Holder was the keynoter for a luncheon Monday at the Peabody Hotel. His address was part of a symposium that spotlighted activism, criminal justice, poverty and...
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 John Semien Special to The New Tri-State Defender Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Floyd Bonner Jr. and retired Sheriff’s Office Capt. Bennie Cobb both said they are against arming teachers in the wake of mounting violent attacks in the nation’s schools. Both are running for Shelby County Sheriff in the May...
When you've stated publicly that "new threats to communities of color" are emerging daily and associated that observation with what you are convinced are attacks on the nation's democracy, then you go where you need to go and do what you need to do. That conviction is bringing National NAACP Board...
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