Maybe it was the teacher who taught you perseverance by encouraging you to cite the reasons for the "Battle of 1812" even though you were recovering from losing your two front teeth in a pre-season football scrimmage.
Or maybe it was the teacher who helped you make the transition from an inner city school with all African-American students to one where you could count the African Americans on two hands.
Teachers continue to change lives and those who do are worthy of recognition. The New Tri-State Defender is partnering with New America Media (NAM) and other media partners in Memphis to organize an essay contest on teachers for just that purpose.
Dr. Warner Dickerson received accolades from members of the executive committee of the Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) after concluding 11 years of service as president during the organization's annual branch meeting at Mt. Olive CME Cathedral Church on Dr. M.L. King Jr. Ave.
I was very impressed with former boxing champ Roy Jones Jr.'s message to the children at the Lester Community Center at 317 Tillman last Friday (Dec. 28).
Jones, the only professional boxer to successfully journey from light middleweight to heavyweight champion of the world, told his young audience – boys and girls – how inspirational his grandmother was in his upbringing. She was the person he most wanted to impress.
"Dialogue with Deidre" is the newest show on the only African-American network in the city, MUTV1.
The show, which will air weekly on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. on Cable's Channel 31, features Deidre Malone, former Shelby County Commissioner and owner of the Carter Malone Group, one of the city's major public relations firms.
Seven-year-old Javon Bass walks through the doors of Ronald McDonald House of Memphis clasping two-year-old Jakayla's hand. Jakayla has just been diagnosed with Leukemia and is about to embark on the fight of her young life. Javon is there to cover her.
Kwanzaa (or Kwaanza), which acknowledges, honors and salutes African-American heritage, is observed Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. First observed Dec. 26, 1966 to Jan. 1, 1967, it's founder, Ron Karenga, has described it as the African-American branch of "first fruits" celebrations with classical African cultural roots.
The seven-day cultural celebration is anchored by the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba, with a focus on a different principle each day.
The TSDMemphis.com Holiday Parade – a new vision for The New Tri-State Defender – was launched Saturday (Dec. 22) and planning for year two already is underway.
"It was an awesome success," said TSD President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II, who came up with the idea of reviving the downtown tradition of a holiday parade.