The parent company BEST Media Properties, Inc. has a five-member board of directors. The directors are: Deidre Malone, vice president (L to r); Calvin Anderson, president; Towanda Peete- Smith; Vanecia Belser Kimbrow, Esq., secretary; and the Rev. Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., treasurer. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley/TSD Archives)

by Calvin Anderson —

Noted Memphian and journalist Ida B .Wells said, “The people must know before they can act and there is no educator to compare to the press.”

I am humbled and honored to serve as president of Best Media Properties, the parent company of The New Tri-State Defender. I salute the work of past and present publishers for sustaining an independent press.

The New Tri State Defender provides coverage of issues to a segment of the community that needs and deserves an independent perspective that educates, informs and inspires.

We invite our readers to join us in the coming year as we observe and celebrate 70 years of continuous publishing by the Tri-State Defender.

(Calvin Anderson is president of the Best Media Properties Board of Directors, the parent group of The New Tri-State Defender.)