Social Justice

The “Big Business of Poverty: Crisis in Memphis” signals the return of “The Brian Clay Chronicles” on Jan. 30. Presented by Greater Memphis Media, Inc., in association with The New Tri-State Defender, the symposium will be held at the National Civil Rights Museum beginning at 6 p.m. with a Meet...
Monumental Baptist Church is where the Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles pastored for more than five decades. The church’s annual tributes to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became notable, hosting attendees eager to hear Kyles’ unique, eyewitness details of being on that balcony when shots rant out, killing...
At this point, I've lost count of how many MLK Day Grizzlies games I've covered. Same for the extracurricular activities surrounding the game — the panels, the service projects and, of course, the Earl Lloyd Sports Legacy Symposium, which immediately precedes the game. The symposium provides the honorees the chance...
The Shelby County Commission on Monday sent a $1.3 million design proposal for a new juvenile justice facility back to committee after most members determined there were still questions to be answered before proceeding with the project. The Juvenile Justice and Education Center would include housing, educational and recreational components....
“This year I can’t sleep on the vision,” exclaimed Carin Malone. Malone is a well-known poet who goes by the stage name Writeous Soul. She holds the title as Grand Slam Poetry Master, as she’s been doing spoken word for more than 10 years and is a 10-time poetry slam...
by Jeff Rivers -- Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world. Had he lived, Martin, dreamer and doer, would turn 90 years old on Tuesday. Before an assassin’s bullet cut through the Memphis, Tennessee, air and claimed his life on April 4, 1968, he led the modern civil rights...
Now that a Shelby County Commission committee has recommended approval of $1.3 million for planning a new juvenile justice facility, the next step is consideration by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners. The funds would be for design and construction administration services to include housing, educational and recreational components. After Wednesday's favorable...
by Kimberlee Kruesi NASHVILLE — Fifteen years after Cyntoia Brown was charged with murder, the woman who says she was a 16-year-old sex trafficking victim when she killed a man in 2004 is no longer under a life sentence. Following years of national attention from criminal justice advocates, celebrities and politicians...
by Stacy M. Brown Cory Booker was so moved by the unanimous passage of a historic – and long overdue – bill to make lynching a federal crime that he was stirred to quote Maya Angelou. “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not...
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Rapper Meek Mill is in the New York Times this week with a powerful op-ed on criminal justice reform. If you remember, in November 2017, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced the Philly native to two to four years–claiming he violated his probation. Upon his early release in April 2018, he has led...