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Dream fulfilled: Leviticus Pointer takes over at Melrose High School

Dream fulfilled: Leviticus Pointer takes over at Melrose High School

by Andre Mitchell
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Leviticus "Levi" Pointer walked the halls of Melrose High School as a freshman in 1984, graduating in 1989. On Monday morning (Aug. 6), he retraces those steps, this time as principal.

As he moves along, Pointer will carry with him thoughts of former principal LaVaughn Bridges and other Melrose principals, administrators and educators. He says their collective leadership and influence helped ignite and instill values and habits that remain within the hearts of the many "Golden Wildcats" who yielded to their tutelage.

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Thousands expected for Progressive National Baptist Convention

The Progressive National Baptist Convention – the denominational home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – will hold its 51st annual session in the city where he died.

The event, which will be anchored at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, will begin Aug. 5 and run through Aug. 10. Activities will include a voter empowerment seminar and a march to the National Civil Rights Museum in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A number of clergymen are scheduled to speak each day, including the Church of God in Christ Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr.

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Will the Election Commission get it together?

Will the Election Commission get it together?

The U.S. Justice Department, the FBI and the State of Tennessee have monitoring duty for the Aug. 2 election following revelations of a problem with voting tabulation by the Shelby County Election Commission.

Secretary of State Tre Hargrett called the commission on the carpet after it was discovered that an inordinate number of citizens had been given improper information about their voting status during the early voting period from July 13 to July 28.

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Merger’s path is served at TSD ‘Lunch and Learn’

Merger’s path is served at TSD ‘Lunch and Learn’

Unified School Board Member Martavius Jones is used to being asked, "How did we get here?" The question references the track that Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools are on toward the planned merger.

Jones spoke Tuesday at the inaugural "Lunch and Learn" initiative hosted by The New Tri-State Defender in collaboration with Networking in Memphis at the Lunch Box Eats restaurant on Fourth Street downtown. For 30 minutes, he talked about the unified school system and various topics associated with changes in public education in Memphis and Shelby County.

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Yemen-born grocer defies stereotypes

Yemen-born grocer defies stereotypes

When he decided to throw a "come one, come all" block party for his store's regular customers earlier this month, Lotf Alkabash, the owner of C&S Groceries & Market at Lakeview and Brooks Road in Whitehaven, had no intent of making a political statement.

Known as "Mike" to his regular customers, the free barbecue ran from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and was an indication of Alkabash's connection to the community, something many see as sadly missing these days.

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