Social Justice

When Mendell Grinter moved to Memphis two and a half years ago one of his first visits was to the National Civil Rights Museum. As an advocate for education, specifically for students and families of color, he was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The Kentucky native now...
by Rev. Rosalyn Regina Nichols, Special to The New Tri-State Defender As an African-American woman, I find myself pondering a question that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked 50-plus years ago: “Where do we go from here?” I do so in the shadow of the #MeToo movement and a White House...
The 49th NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast live from Pasadena, Calif. on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15) and I will be there to deliver multi-media coverage. Yes, I am excited! Join me at 7 p.m. on Monday on TSDtv Live (Facebook updates) and check out my Instagram...
by T. LaShaun Wallace, Special to The New Tri-State Defender After 25 years of leading the congregation at New Sardis Baptist Church, Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray, Jr., will retire next month, culminating an illustrious run at the historic church. “You followed and supported me in civic, political and international issues that...
By Christen A. Smith, University of Texas at Austin Diamond Reynolds’ live stream of Philando Castile bleeding to death after being shot by Officer Jeronimo Yanez shocked and dismayed the nation in 2017. It is difficult to imagine the pain of witnessing and archiving the death of a loved one. It is...
The Conference of National Black Churches will marshal its forces in Memphis on December 12-14 for the 2017 National Consultation – Race & Reconciliation: Part III. The watchwords for the event are “Overcoming the Burden of Bias.” It is set for the Hilton Memphis at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. The case...
By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) FBI Director Christopher A. Wray failed to explain why the agency he leads changed the name of a domestic terrorism designation from “Black Separatist Extremists” to “Black Identity Extremist,” during a recent meeting with a group of Congressional Black Caucus members about a...
By The Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to TSDMemphis.com Jesus was a poor black peasant preacher. Jesus led a religious and political revolution against Rome. Jesus’s revolutionary behavior and public proclamations got him executed – or what we’ve come to call “crucified” – by the Roman state. Most people, Christians included,...
A proposed ordinance introduced by Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth could put tough restrictions on the way public assemblies are held in Memphis. On Tuesday, members of the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens held a press conference outside City Hall where those against the ordinance held signs calling the...
ST. ANTHONY, Minn. — The Minnesota city that employed a police officer who fatally shot black motorist Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year has reached a settlement with Castile's girlfriend and her daughter, who were in the car with him when he was killed. The St. Anthony City...