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‘Do you!’ Martin tells LOC grads


Two days before President Obama handled the commencement-speaker duties for Booker T. Washington High School, Roland Martin did likewise for The LeMoyne-Owen College.

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Education funding must match growth of children’s brains

Government funding for education ignores the years when children’s brains are growing the fastest, according to new research by The Urban Child Institute. 

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Men out of BTW’s past help look out for its future


The Rev. Herbert Davenport Jr. was determined to create a way for young men to enhance their self esteem and overcome negative influence.

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President Obama visits Memphis

Follow the Tri-State Defender on Twitter and Facebook for live coverage of President Obama's visit to Memphis and his Booker T. Washington High School commencement speech, and check back here for full coverage later in the day.

President Obama crowns BTW’s achievement

The story of Booker T. Washington High School’s race to the top of President Barack Obama’s High School Commencement Challenge can be told in myriad ways, but in every salient account, the students are the central characters.

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