Obituaries

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell Special to The New Tri-State Defender Vincent B. Lee, husband of former Tri-State Defender employee, Velver Lee, lost a valiant fight with cancer early Sunday morning, February 25th. He was born into humble beginnings in Memphis, July...
by Roquita Coleman-Williams At this moment, I am torn by both pain and pride. My father, Robert L. Calico Sr. passed away March 8, 2018 at 70 years old. Just hours after my father took his last breath, my son...
Linda Brown was a third-grader who was barred from attending an all-white school in her neighborhood. Her father, Oliver, filed a lawsuit that would become the basis of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case, which...
His was the textbook “local son makes good” story.  Melvin Burgess Sr. was born on May 23, 1938 to parents Katherine Gilder Burgess and Eddie Burgess. Like so many African-American families of that era in Memphis, hard work, education, faith...
by Tyrone P. Easley, Special to The New Tri-State Defender This is a tribute to Mrs. Jean Davis Bowen, mother of Tyrone, Julia, Effie, John Jr., Dewayne, Jack Maurice and Annette; seven children who loved her dearly. She passed last...
For Mary Maxine Gray Scales, the world was full of interesting places to go and see. Traveling was a passion that always led back to the city and the family that she loved. A retired Memphis City Schools teacher, she...
By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf," died Saturday, according...
Reading, writing, storytelling, photography, teaching – all of these and more were woven into the life of Carolyn Norment Whitney. The founder of the Sisters Network Memphis Chapter, a pioneer African-American Breast Cancer survivorship organization, Mrs. Whitney passed away on...
I first met "Chef Gary" Williams as I was writing a preview of the inaugural Memphis Black Restaurant Week back in 2016. Though I did not know him well, I had to remind myself of that fact – from...
When Milton J. Kelly entered the Memphis Red Sox dugout between innings, he wouldn’t let anyone touch his baseball glove. And when he left the dugout to take his position on the baseball field, he made sure to never...