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by Jerome Robinson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender On November 10th of 2016, Dr. Trevor K. Thompson’s life came to an end. Trevor is how most people know him. He was the guy with the big smile, the big heart and big dreams. He dedicated his life to helping people...
by Johnnie Turner and Steve Mulroy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In November 1974, the voters of Ann Arbor, Mich. approved the use of an innovative election method called Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). Five months later, IRV allowed the election of the first-ever African-American mayor, Albert Wheeler, a 1960s civil rights...
A new public education fellowship for people of color will spotlight issues of equity and connect stakeholders of diverse backgrounds in the quest to improve student achievement across Tennessee. Sixteen people in the first class of Mosaic Fellows were named this week by the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition in conjunction...
by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press NASHVILLE — Archaeologists are rolling high-powered radar gear through the thick outfield weeds and empty parking lots of an abandoned Nashville baseball stadium, looking for hints of unmarked graves of slaves and free black men who died building the war-battered fort next door. The findings could...
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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — A newly revamped website focuses on efforts to change a Southern state that has grappled with a long history of racial injustice. The Mississippi Civil Rights Project is sponsored by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi. The site...
When we at TSDMemphis.com asked our readers to share their thoughts and condolences about our late publisher, Bernal E. Smith II, we expected dozens of responses; that was no surprise. Nor was it surprising to see the range of respondents -- young and old; professional partners and childhood friends;...
By ERIK SCHELZIG and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Snipers perched on rooftops. Police helicopters and drones hovered overhead. Officers in riot gear lined the streets. White nationalists and counterprotesters screamed at each other from fenced-off pens, but the tactics employed by law enforcement at the "White Lives...
The incorrect scoring of state tests for more than a thousand Memphis students was the last straw for one of the city’s two major teacher unions. The United Education Association of Shelby County called on Tennessee Monday to invalidate test scores statewide in light of news that its testing vendor...
Principal Tisha Durrah says her faculty can keep students focused and safe during school hours at Craigmont High School. It’s the time after the final bell rings that she’s concerned about. “They’re just walking the neighborhood basically,” Durrah says of daily after-school loitering around the Raleigh campus, prompting her to...
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In Part I of his interview with Shelby County Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael, TSD Publisher Bernal E. Smith II engages in an exchange that details Michael’s background, reveals his reasons for pursuing the position, probes into the move to get out from under Department of Justice oversight and...