The Tri-State Defender debuted during the first week of November 1951. A celebration of the road to 70 and beyond is set for Nov. 4, 2021.

The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) will celebrate turning 70 years old at an event on November 4, 2021.

Best Media Properties, Inc., the ownership group of TSD, is in the early stages of planning the event, which will salute  the African-American newspaper’s past and detail aspects of its future. 

“In this environment when a number of newspapers are dying, we are celebrating the continuity and strength of TSD in this community and the Black Press in general,” said Calvin Anderson, president, Best Media Properties.

“This event will showcase TSD’s body of work over the years and how we continue to be a valued voice in the region.”

TSD Executive Editor and Associate Publisher Karanja A. Ajanaku noted that the newspaper debuted during the first week of November 1951.

“The TSD’s road to 70 began before the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955) and the 1954 Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation in public schools, winding its way through the often deadly responses African Americans encountered as they stepped through racial resistance in pursuit of life, liberty and happiness,” said Ajanaku.

A copy of a section of the first editorial page of the Tri-State Defender.

“The journey continues, with the TSD evolving to help the African-American community meet ongoing challenges and new hurdles while creating and taking advantage of opportunities. The road to 70 and beyond is worthy of a celebration.” 

Sponsorship information is available for businesses and individuals interested in being a part of this special occasion. Updates will follow as plans are finalized.

(For more information, contact The New Tri-State Defender at 901-523-1818; Email: [email protected]. Visit