Over mountains and through valleys, The LeMoyne-Owen College has endured all types of financial, social and economic terrain. Today – after 150 years of weathering storms – faculty, students and alums agree that the college is strong as it breaks ground toward continued growth and improvement.
A story that began with society's "least of these" in 1862, LeMoyne-Owen – operating under a different name – was a school and safe house for runaway slaves and freedmen. After moving to Memphis in 1863, the institution experienced one of its first setbacks when a fire consumed it during race riots. Conflict and civil unrest remained after the withdrawal of federal troops in 1866, but the college – then called Lincoln Chapel – was rebuilt and reopened its doors in 1867 with 150 students and six teachers.
A "Sea of Blue" procession in honor of slain Memphis Police Department Officer Martoiya Lang will begin at 5:30 p.m. today.
The procession of Memphis Police Department vehicles will depart from the 2600 block of Hollywood, heading south to eastbound Interstate 40 to Walnut Grove and will end up at Hope Presbyterian Church.
This was not the 1980's television hit "The Cosby Show," where the problems of the central characters were solved in 30 minutes or less. This father was not a doctor who was married to a lawyer living in a spacious brownstone with five kids in tow but never a mention of a late bill.
Interviewing Gary Greer about the often-stressful times of putting his daughter, Amber, through college was more like reality TV.
David Pickler was a late arrival to Tuesday's Unified School Board meeting. Martavius Jones had been keeping an eye out for him, having concluded that he could not go forward with what is being a labeled a "bombshell" if his fellow board member was not present.
"There is no way that I can make these assertions without him being present," Jones said Wednesday in an interview with The New Tri-State Defender. "I would have waited until the next meeting."
A new website with updates on the Memphis Aerotropolis Master Plan is up and running.
The Aerotropolis Master Plan focuses on a 50-square mile study area surrounding the Memphis International Airport called Airport City. The Airport City area encompasses some of the city's struggling businesses, neighborhoods, and commercial and retail centers.
NASHVILLE – The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) will be led by Tennessee Rep. Joe Armstrong (D-Knoxville), who will serve as president of the organization over the next two years.
Joining Armstrong in leading the group will be Rep. Karen Camper (D-Memphis) who will continue to serve as Region IV Chair (Ky., Tenn., Va., and W.Va.), as well as Rep. Brenda Gilmore and Rep. Johnny Shaw, who will serve as Executive Committee members at-large. Allyson Sneed, legislative assistant to Rep. Shaw, will serve as chair of the staff organization.
Women from myriad walks of life in many shades of blue gathered at First Baptist Church-Broad Street on Tuesday in remembrance of slain Memphis Police Officer Martoiya Lang, the first female MPD officer killed in the line of duty.
They are part of a new campaign – We Bleed Blue – put together, in part, to raise funds to help assist Lang's four daughters, who range in age from 2-14 years of age. The campaign's organizers feature Ruby Wharton, partner in The Wharton law firm and wife of Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr.; former Shelby County Commission Chair Deidre Malone; Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich; former Memphis City Council member TaJuan Stout Mitchell; and National Democratic Committee Member Gale Jones Carson.