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First Lady brings history home at AME session

First Lady brings history home at AME session

Drawing upon the rich history of the nation's oldest African-American denomination, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged all Americans to get involved in the lives of the nation's families and neighborhoods and the country as a whole.

Mrs. Obama addressed the 49th Quadrennial Session of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church's General Conference held in Nashville on June 28, the same day she spoke at a Memphis fundraiser.

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First Lady connects during Memphis visit

First Lady connects during Memphis visit

"Sacrificed!"

That's the verb that resonated from Michelle Obama as the first lady shared elements of her upbringing with a Memphis-area crowd at the Canon Center on Wednesday afternoon. The reference was to her parents and the posture they took to make sure she and her brother had what each needed to succeed.

"They held us to the same high standard of excellence because they wanted us both to have the same kind of education they could only dream of," she said.

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Brothers prove giving back is for the Byrds

Brothers prove giving back is for the Byrds

by Brittany Fitzpatrick
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Jim Byrd opened his first McDonald's in Memphis in 1989. Over 20 years later, he and his brother, Darrell Byrd, have built a successful business with a combined eight McDonald's restaurants.

"My dad always taught us that in anything we do we have to be twice as good at it. That's a philosophy we carry with us...and it's helped us in this business," said Darrell Byrd.

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‘If we are not infected, we are affected’

‘If we are not infected, we are affected’

The corner of Elvis Presley and Kerr was the site as the Cocaine Alcohol Awareness Program (CAAP, Inc.) and First Impressions Remix Barber Shop intersected with other community-based organizations to bring STD/HIV testing, food and fun, and door prizes to the community.

A simple swab has changed the way individuals can be tested for HIV today, with the portability of the testing making it more convenient to serve individuals wherever they are.

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Memphis pastor reaps Congressional Gold Medal

Memphis pastor reaps Congressional Gold Medal

At this stage in his life, the Rev. Dr. Lee Ward, pastor of Greater Harvest Church of God In Christ Ministries, Inc. in Memphis, has a storehouse of never-to-be-forgotten memories. On Wednesday (June 27), he added another.

Ward is a surviving member of the historic, Munford Point Marines, the first African-American members of the United States Marine Corps. He and his surviving Marine brothers were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that a citizen can achieve.

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Service providers out to educate at health fairs

Service providers out to educate at health fairs

by Dr. Dee Lofton
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Sharay Thomas and Terrance Moore, founders of Top Priority Homemaker Services, see their company as an extension of a personal mission to serve those in need.

Last Saturday (June 23), Thomas and Moore were out to get health fair visitors to see what they see. The venue was The New Olivet Baptist Church, where the health fair was co-sponsored by the church's HealTHY Congregation Ministry Delta Medical Center.

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With ‘no room for error,’ TPC unfolds schools-merger plan

by Tarrin McGhee
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

The Transition Planning Commission (TPC) is convinced that it has come up with a schools merger plan that fits the needs of all the affected students.

That conviction was reflected by the unanimous vote (June 14) in favor of the first draft of the transition plan to guide the merger of Memphis and Shelby County Schools.

"Our desire is that all children will be educated well, and we believe we have a plan that can do that," said TPC Chairwoman Barbara Prescott at a post-vote media briefing.

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