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.
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.
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.
The Health Loop Primary Care Network, a part of the Regional Medical Center at Memphis family, is hosting a Back To School Community Health Fair on Saturday, Aug. 4. The health fair will be held from noon until 3 p.m. at South Third Health Loop, located in the Southgate Shopping Center at 1955 South Third Street.
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.
by Dena L. Owens
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
It's back-to-school time!
For parents, beyond buying school clothing and supplies, that's a whistle signaling them to get the proper documents in hand to register their children.
Registration day is "top priority" for most parents, but there are those who lag around, waiting until after Labor Day to get their children registered and enrolled.
Who has the best hot wings in Memphis? What about soul food? What is the best barbershop in Memphis? How about beauty salon? What nail salon tops all others?
These are questions that come up in conversations throughout Memphis. Now – thanks to the creativity of TSD Publisher and President Bernal E. Smith II – there is a platform for the public to weigh-in on these questions and make their choices known.
The inaugural Best In Black Awards hosted by The New Tri-State Defender will shine a light upon some of the best African-American businesses