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From Memphis to Ferguson: Devin James – The whole story

From Memphis to Ferguson: Devin James – The whole story

by Tony Jones

Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Memphis-born public relations professional Devin James has steadied himself after getting wobbled as part of a public relations team assisting the

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Authors –and their works – speak to ASALH mission

Authors –and their works – speak to ASALH mission

Toussaint Louverture, Nathaniel Turner, Sengbe Pieh, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman are familiar iconic symbols of heroism whose struggle in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean helped to change the status quo of their day: racism and slavery.

Celeste-Marie Bernier, the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis, traces the lives and histories of these six men and women in her book, “Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination.”

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What’s up with Memphis youth?

 What’s up with Memphis youth?

Another weekend with a frightfully dangerous incident powered by unruly youths has area residents amping up the call for a crackdown on the perpetrators of such law-breaking behavior.

A 46-year-old mother and her 9-year-old daughter were swept up in an eruption of out-of-control youths following a football game at Central High School last Friday night (Sept. 26th). Sharon Mourning and her daughter were trapped in their car as dozens of youths jumped on, kicked and stomped the vehicle.

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Freedom Award honorees – a trio of barrier breakers who advanced freedom

Freedom Award honorees – a trio of barrier breakers who advanced freedom

“Breaking Barriers, Advancing Freedom” will be the theme that links Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Robert (Bob) Parris Moses and Frank E. Robinson on Dec. 2nd and forever link them to Memphis and the National Civil Rights Museum.

With Beverly Robertson, the museum’s high-energy (and retiring) president doing the honor, the three were announced as the 2014 Freedom Award honorees on Tuesday. This year’s presentation will be Dec. 2nd at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, with the traditional Gala Dinner later at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

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