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KKK specter may already have ‘helped’ Memphis

KKK specter may already have ‘helped’ Memphis

While the long buildup to Saturday's Ku Klux Klan rally in downtown Memphis has helped the event draw national attention, public and political watchers here say the KKK's impending visit has served to

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TSD to host Achieve! Town Hall on Education

As public education continues its evolution into a number of differing options, The New Tri-State Defender is coordinating a town hall meeting to provide a forum for local residents to learn more and engage in discussion.

The Achieve! Town Hall Meeting on Education is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (March 30) at The Magnet located at 879 McLemore Ave.

"We want to make sure that all parents are well informed and ready to take full advantage of opportunities that exist to increase their child's potential to achieve academic and career success," said TSD President/ Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.

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Lunch & Learn! session will get down to business

Lunch & Learn! session will get down to business

Andrea Johnson, owner of The Bubble Bistro, and James Wesby, creator of Blocally, will be the guest speakers during Networking in Memphis' Lunch & Learn!

The networking event is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alcenia's Southern Cuisine, at 317 N. Main St. It is sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender.

Johnson will speak on "Women in Business." Wesby will detail "The Must Have App for Black-Owned Businesses."

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Memphis labor-case namesake reaps D.C. honor

Memphis labor-case namesake reaps D.C. honor

Sheila Parrish White – whose name will forever be linked to railroads, discrimination and the U.S. Supreme Court – was honored for her commitment to justice in Washington, D.C. this week.

Congressman Steve Cohen, who noted White's "dedication to the cause of justice," presented her with a book – "Women of Congress." During a conversation, the two discussed the myriad contributions women have made to the development of the nation.

White of Memphis is the central figure in what is known as the Sheila White Anti-Workplace Retaliation Act. She was the plaintiff in the landmark case, Burlington Northern & Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Co. v. White, 548 U.S. 53 (2006).

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Dewanna Lofton is Memphis’ new public information officer

Dewanna Lofton is Memphis’ new public information officer

Dewanna Lofton, who has 25-plus years of experience in print and broadcast journalism, public relations, project management, consulting and marketing, has been named the City of Memphis' new public information officer.

Lofton's background includes tenures as a business reporter with the major daily newspapers of Memphis, Jackson, Miss., and Columbia and Myrtle Beach, S. Car. Shel also has been a reporter and producer with news stations in Jackson, Miss. and Greenwood, Miss., where she was born.

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Is Memphis sleeping on millions in farmers’ suit?

Is Memphis sleeping on millions in farmers’ suit?

African Americans in Memphis are missing out on potential millions in funds from the $1.25 billion lawsuit fund pool created to pay families of farmers discriminated against by the Department of Agriculture.

So says Thomas Burrell, president of the Memphis arm of the Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association, Inc.

On Monday (March 25), Burrell will conduct the final workshop seeking fund applicants. It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Marriott.

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Pam McKelvy – back, blessed and committed

Pam McKelvy – back, blessed and committed

When it's your time, you will shine, and one of Action News Five's newest anchors, Pam McKelvy, is doing just that.

McKelvy is a prime example of how life can be great even after your life has been shaken. That truism hit home for McKelvy when she encountered what she describes as the hardest time in her life – the discovery that she had breast cancer.

Now, not only is McKelvy a breast cancer survivor, she's also the mother of an autistic seven-year-old son, Ian. Along the way, her faith has been a constant companion.

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WOE gala at Memphis Botanic Garden April 27

WOE gala at Memphis Botanic Garden April 27

The New Tri-State Defender will host its 6th annual Women of Excellence (WOE) Champagne Brunch and Awards Celebration on April 27th at the Memphis Botanic Garden, a beautiful and elegant spring setting for the annual celebration.

The 2013 edition of WOE will recognize and honor the achievements, contributions and work of outstanding African-American women from the Greater Memphis community.

Each year, the response from TSD's readership and the community at large has gotten bigger and better. This year is no different.

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