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New clergy group eyes more than lip service in support of teachers

A new coalition of Memphis religious leaders released a report showing that highly effective teachers have a greater impact on student performance than any other resource in the school system.

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Minister Farrakhan to keynote LOC Diversity Leadership Conference

Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam will deliver the keynote address during the Diversity Leadership Conference that will unfold on the campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College on April 14.

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Erma Lee Laws: pioneer activist, writer, educator

The colorful landscape of African-American society in Memphis in the 1950’s garnered respect and distinction, thanks largely to the vision and insight of one woman – Erma Lee Laws, according to those who were close.

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‘Duty of the Hour’ premiere to spotlight Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks

“Duty of the Hour,” a film on the late Rev. Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, will explore the long, complex, and difficult history of race in America and highlight how our nation can be, transformed by visionaries, such as Hooks.

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Faith and Memphis’ embrace anchor teen battling cancer away from home

 

Every morning, 13-year-old TJ Malveaus makes his way down the hallway at Ronald McDonald House® of Memphis, stopping to greet each staff member along the way.

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The Trayvon Martin case: ‘Too much’ coverage in the eye of the beholder

A funeral director who handled the body of Trayvon Martin said he saw no evidence that the 17 year old, who was shot and killed by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, had been in a recent fight.

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Briefs & Things

Short news items from around the community

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<br />Pushing forward on unfinished business!

The Rev. Jesse Jackson requested a one-on-one discussion with The New Tri-State Defender President and Publisher, Bernal E. Smith II, to discuss his work and the work of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition here in Memphis.

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44 years later, a street for Dr. King

The history of healing in Memphis notched another milestone on Wednesday with the unveiling and dedication ceremony for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

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Memphis’ Pastor Norman nets White House honor

The White House on Wednesday (April 4) honored Memphis Pastor Keith Norman as one of twelve leaders recognized for their work to prevent youth violence within their communities.

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Heroism Award winner a fine fit among changemakers

Mention the 2012 Women of Achievement awards celebration to Summer Owens and the word “honor” springs to her mind; not so much the physical award, but rather the idea that she was among the awardees.

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‘ArtsFest’ ready to empower MCS students, unify district

 

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” Charles Cooley’s saying resonates loudly as Memphis City Schools presents the third annual ArtsFest hosted at the MCS Board of Education.

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‘Room 306: The National Story of Lorraine Motel’

“Dr. King was my spiritual mentor. He declared that none are free until all are free. There are many rabbis doing a great work among the Jewish people.”

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