The Tri-State Defender is one of the longest, continuously-published African-American papers in the United States. It was very active in the Civil Rights Movement and is aimed at the African-American market not only in Memphis, but also in nearby areas of Arkansas and Mississippi.
The Tri-State Defender was founded by John Sengtstacke, publisher of the flagship paper Chicago Defender and served as publisher of the Tri-State Defender until his death in May, 1997. The Tri-State Defender is part of the Real Times LLC newspapers. Other publications in the Real Times newspaper chain include the Chicago Defender, Michigan Front Page, the Michigan Chronicle, and the New Pittsburgh Courier.
Since its beginning in 1951, the Tri-State Defender has been regarded as a central component of the Memphis community. Today, our paper continues this legacy by strengthening the voice of the African-American community.