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LEGACY: Rev. James E. Smith

LEGACY: Rev. James E. Smith

Shock and grief gripped the Union Grove Baptist Church family in Raleigh Sunday when the congregation learned that its pastor had passed after extended illness.

That news also quickly spread through t

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Best in Black Awards: A Memphis tradition is born

Best in Black Awards: A Memphis tradition is born

I've discovered two very powerful things: the actualization and birth of a long held dream/ vision and the sobering experience of a potentially deadly accident. Last Thursday (Aug. 30), I experienced both in the same evening, providing one of the most unique and inspiring combinations of clarifying moments in my 40 years of living.

The Best in Black Awards (BIB) – conceived in late 2009 –was conceptualized out of a desire to inspire a new level of pride and passion in a sleeping giant, the African-American community of Greater Memphis.

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‘Gas For Guns’ aim is less ‘mean’ streets

Law enforcement in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) collected 260; Nashville boasted 260. And on Saturday, Sept. 15, a Memphis pastor and local corporate partners are hoping for an equally successful haul in an upcoming "Guns For Gas" effort.

"Too many lives have been lost because of gun violence, not just here in South Memphis, but all over this city," said the Rev. Ralph White, pastor of Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church.

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Dedication yields recognition for NAACP membership workers

Dedication yields recognition for NAACP membership workers

The success of the NAACP depends not only on services the civil rights organization renders for its constituents, but on the membership within its organization and those newly recruited.

"Our ability to speak on behalf of this community depends upon the members we bring into this organization," said Madeleine C. Taylor, executive director of the Memphis Branch NAACP. "This task has been assigned to a number of dedicated membership workers who regularly solicit NAACP memberships from their family, church, social and civic organizations."

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Judge Fowlkes takes federal seat

Judge Fowlkes takes federal seat

Long-time friends, loved ones, city officials, and judges were on hand last Friday when Chief U.S. Dist. Judge Jon McCalla administered the judicial oath to newly appointed U.S. Dist. Judge John Fowlkes Jr.

After serving five years on the Criminal Court bench, Fowlkes was appointed by President Barack Obama last year and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy left when Judge Bernice Donald was tapped to serve on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Karate taking hold at Orange Mound center

Karate taking hold at Orange Mound center

by Tracy Sow
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Two years of hard work, practicing twice a week and learning the ancient Japanese discipline of Shotokan paid off for Orange Mound Community Center students of the Gunn's Karate- Do.

Orange Mound Community Center's director, Kristine Strickland, instructor Marcellus Gunn, students and proud parents traveled to their first karate tournament in Greenwood, Miss., winning an impressive total of: 10 first places, 5 second place, a third-place and the Grand Champion.

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Wharton receives Susan Burgess Memorial Award

Wharton receives Susan Burgess Memorial Award

CHARLOTTE, N. Car. – Mayor A C Wharton Jr. on Wednesday received the Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) 2012 Susan Burgess Memorial Award here in recognition of his commitment to improving education.

Taking the stage, Wharton acknowledged the helping hand from City Councilman Myron Lowery, who nominated him. He had the crowd, which included Lowery and numerous other Memphians who made the trip for the Democratic National Convention, rolling as he said he didn't immediately open the letter that informed him he actually had won the award because he was a bit sore with Lowery and the Council at the time.

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Rare but real: African-American Republicans

Rare but real: African-American Republicans

As members of the Mississippi delegation stepped into the limelight on Monday to cast their votes in what essentially was the coronation of Mitt Romney as the GOP standard bearer, Dr. Freda McKissic Bush was up front and she stood out.

Bush, a physician from Jackson, Miss., is a rarity at the Republican National Convention in storm-tinged Tampa, Fla. She's an African American – one of the few – and determined to set the record straight regarding what African-American Republicans are about. On Wednesday (Aug. 28), Bush and several colleagues spent the afternoon in the CNN news hub, where a throng of media personnel set up.

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