Social Justice

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday he will let a push against sanctuary cities to become law without his signature after complaining that it has stirred up irrational fear on both...
By JOSEPH PISANI, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks, mocked three years ago for suggesting employees discuss racial issues with customers, asked workers to talk about race with each other. It was part of the coffee chain's anti-bias training Tuesday,...
Billed as an “urban socio-drama” honoring the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers, “King and the 13 Hundred” is slated for a presentation at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts on Sunday night (June 17). Directed by Ike Griffith, the presentation is...
Well-known Memphis activist Keedran Franklin walked out of the jail complex at 201 Poplar with dozens waiting for him late Saturday night after his arrest on multiple drug and driving charges. The charges include possession of a controlled substance, possession...
Implicit bias toward black men by police is nothing new, and it is not limited to white officers. Black officers can also have implicit bias toward black men because in the case of police forces, that implicit bias is...