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Signed up, fired up and ready to vote!

"We are not only registering voters, but we are helping people obtain the photo IDs they need to vote. We will go to the polls. We will vote, and we will send our President back to the White House..."

– State Rep. Johnnie Turner, Memphis (D- 85)

Something happened around the nation on Tuesday that touched millions of Americans in neighborhoods and across college campuses. An estimated 1,100 civil rights organizations, churches, African-American fraternities and sororities, civic clubs, elected officials, and private citizens pushed back against what many see as a tide of "voter suppression."

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Remembering Owen College

Owen-college-1Owen College – though short-lived – has an illustrious history now woven into the fabric of The LeMoyne-Owen College. For those with personal experiences, the memories are rushing forward in anticipation of the 60th anniversary of its founding.

In the 14 years of its operation, approximately 4,000 students attended the institution, which merged in the fall of 1968 to form LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC). It is significant that the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Owen College's founding parallels the 150th anniversary of the founding of LOC.

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Blinding disease can’t stop 8 year old’s quest to achieve

eyesight-visionWhen a toddler reaches the age of 16 months, his or her parents expect their little bundle of joy to be playful, mobile, energetic and demanding. But no one would expect that precious moment to be over-shadowed by a blinding disease that would become problematic over time.

Such was the case when Alicia Hall discovered that her son Gino LaVon Hall Jr.'s left eye had begun shifting asymmetrically in relation to his right eye. So she took him immediately to see an ophthalmologist at Southern College of Optometry.

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Geeter pilots first ‘Samsung Smart School’ in the nation

smartschool-1"Excited" is the word Geeter Middle School students repeat when describing their thoughts about landing the nation's first Samsung "Smart School Solution," an advanced teaching technology that changes the way students learn.

The technology brings a modern, efficient way to engage students that could revolutionize classroom learning forever.

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Advocate touts benefits of school choice

Virginia Walden Ford knows a thing or two about school choice. A native of Little Rock, she was one of 130 African-American students handpicked to desegregate the city's high schools in the 1960's.

Last week (Sept. 20), Ford was in Memphis and center stage as the speaker at a luncheon fashioned for a discussion on opportunity scholarships and school choice.

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New state director for Zeta Phi Beta

Memphian Donna R. Williams was recently appointed state director of Tennessee for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. by the sorority's 24th International President, Mary Breaux Wright.

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‘100 Smiles’ vs breast cancer

Audria "Nubia" Arnold, CEO of Nubia Creative Images, is using her creative eye and cutting edge artistry to promote breast cancer awareness.

NCI will present its first 100 Smiles Go Pink Breast Awareness Campaign for Breast Cancer on Oct. 5-6 at Nubia Creative Images, 4466 Elvis Presley Blvd, Ste 210.

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Ministers, Cohen forge coalition to re-elect President

President Barack Obama unleashed a nationwide fury of protest and disapproval from ministers and pastors, many of them African Americans, with his public endorsement of same-sex marriage. Many encouraged their congregations to sit it out on Election Day and to ask family and friends to do the same.

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Homicide by way of gun

Guns-1Report #1209010656ME – translation: another homicide by way of gun.

The Memphis Police Department issued a release on Wednesday night (Sept. 19), with it reaching the newsroom of The New Tri-State Defender at 7:58:52 p.m. It was short and painfully familiar, ending with the notation that an investigation is ongoing and a plea from homicide investigator for "someone to come forward with information to help solve this crime."

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‘Memphis State Eight’ take U of M salute in stride

msu8Each of them – all in their 70s – sat at a table with family and friends wearing a white flower pinned to their suits and dresses.

Eight friendly smiles greeted students and guests in the University Center at the University of Memphis, a building, had it existed 53 years ago, they would not have been allowed to visit.

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NBA star brings no-‘text’ message to Mitchell High

notextgroupHundreds of Mitchell High School juniors and seniors will never forget last Thursday when alumnus and NBA great Thaddeus Young came home bearing spectacular gifts and a life-saving message: "Texting & Driving...It Can Wait."

"Thaddeus laid some texting-while-driving facts on the kids," said Chuck Thomas III, AT&T's regional director of External and Legislative Affairs.

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LEGACY: Rev. Ezekiel Bell

Bell funeralThere may never be statues or large public celebrations to commemorate him, but if the religions are right in teaching us that there is a place where good works are rewarded, there should be a great banquet planned for the Rev. Ezekiel Bell.

Born in Clarksdale, Miss. in 1935, Rev. Bell was one who made it his mission to dedicate his life to pushing his people forward.

Like his compatriot Joe Crittenden, whose life was chronicled in The New Tri State Defender's May 17, 2012 issue, even in his 80s Mr. Bell kept pushing forward.

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LEGACY: The Rev. Dr. Herbert Eugene Davenport Jr.

davenport legacyDena taught him how to text and email and even how to do the "Wobble."

Visa took the position that he always was right – part of the territory when you are "a daddy's girl."

Both – Visa Davenport Harper and Dena Davenport McNeal (Terrian) – were referring to their father, the late Rev. Dr. Herbert Eugene Davenport Jr., whose life was celebrated at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 1098 S. Wellington St., last Saturday (Sept. 15).

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