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If the state makes moves to vouchers, inner city merits share of funding


A statewide petition drive anchored by SCLC Memphis aims to collect 100,000 signatures backing the inclusion of children in poorer communities in any move extending the use of vouchers.

The effort was set to get underway Thursday morning (Nov. 13th) with a kick-off press conference at Annesdale Cherokee Baptist Church (2960 Kimball), which is pastored by the Rev. Dwight Montgomery, SCLC Memphis president.

  • Written by Tony Jones
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Broad Avenue Fall Art Walk
5pm-10pm | Broad Ave.

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Community L.I.F.T. changing face of inner-city blight

Community Lift

They are, most of them, 30-something, city-planning luminaries who have been quietly converting some of Memphis’ most disparaged communities into recreated entities of beauty.

Last Friday was their ribbon-cutting ceremony, staged at their new office at 119 Court Avenue, Suite 100 – a generous, in-kind donation by Cadence Bank, valued at $130,000. This is the new home of Community L.I.F.T. (Leveraging Investments For Transformation) for the next two years.


  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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Wilberforce University – a rally for support


Wilberforce University – the first college owned and operated by African Americans – is a historical gem that’s stood the test of time, weathering many storms since its founding in Wilberforce, Ohio in 1856.

Today is no different, with Wilberforce one of many historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) confronted with financial hardships, low student enrollment and administrative challenges. At present, the university is methodically working its way through a challenging accreditation procedure during the Higher Learning Commission’s review process.

Hamilton High alumni: ‘Never count the Wildcats out’


Hamilton High School Memphis is among the top failing high schools in the state. It’s just that simple. Of the 935 students presently enrolled, said U.S. News and World Report, only 7.8 are deemed “college-ready.” Only 38 percent are proficient in English and 31 percent are proficient in Algebra.

No measure of school spirit can change those numbers. Until now, that is. School spirit is exactly what’s going to change those numbers, members of the alumni association said.

  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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Election Day roundup:


Feds to monitor election in Shelby County

(AP) – The U.S. Justice Department answered the call to monitor today’s elections in Shelby.

A statement from the department said monitors would ensure polling places comply with the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination against minorities. The election features a multitude of races on the ballot, including seats for U.S. Senate and U.S. House, the governor's race and four proposed constitutional amendments.

Tennessee Promise saves dreams


Since the start of school this year there has been a lot of excitement about a new opportunity for high school seniors. This excitement is due to the Tennessee Promise. What is this Tennessee Promise that everyone is nagging about?

It is a two-year scholarship program that opens the door to higher education for graduating seniors throughout the state of Tennessee. As part of the program, students will be paired with a partnering organization committed to supporting them during and after the college application process.