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Hear from the people who want your vote to run Memphis’ legal system

As the August 4 election nears, two upcoming forums will allow voters to hear from candidates vying for the top spots in Shelby County’s criminal and civil courts. Local alumni chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. are hosting a Criminal Justice Reform Forum on Saturday. The Black Clergy Collaborative of Memphis is hosting a similar forum focusing on the district attorney candidates on Monday.
MEMPHIS, TN
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When you get Twitter famous

Journalists typically try to not be the story. But last week we published a story that was about us, more specifically about our former reporter Carrington J. Tatum. You probably read it; our analytics show that it was one of the best-read stories on our site this year. But if you didn’t, it explained how student loan debt and rising rents made being a journalist impossible for Carrington. That’s why he’s back home with his mother in Texas instead of here in Memphis, doing more award-winning work.
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4 ways to help Memphians feel more free

At MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, we think it’s important to remember the true meaning of Juneteenth: It’s a celebration of freedom, long overdue. And freedom should be celebrated. But it should also be an actual thing all Americans feel. And it isn’t. One holiday can’t carry that weight.
MEMPHIS, TN

No Shelter: Why is help located so close to temptation?

NO SHELTER is a regular series from MLK50 housing reporter Jacob Steimer, interviewing Memphians who are unhoused. Although the numbers are difficult to track, the Community Alliance for the Homeless estimates that on a given night in 2021, about 200 people were unsheltered in Memphis/Shelby County. The regular Q&As will introduce readers to neighbors they may not talk to otherwise and, perhaps, create a path to improving the way the city cares for these vulnerable people. They are written with the belief that all people are created equal — whether or not they’re treated that way. In this installment, the woman interviewed remains anonymous due to the possibility of retaliation against her.
MEMPHIS, TN

An MLK50 celebration

We did it. Saturday night we partied in celebration of five years of fighting the power and it was all we hoped it would be. The elegance at Brickwood Hall included dangling chandeliers, rose petals on the tables, a refreshing watermelon and cucumber salad, fried chicken, and attendees in their take on festive finery.
MEMPHIS, TN

When student loans and the housing crisis force journalists out of the business

Economic justice is central to everything MLK50: Justice Through Journalism does, not just the content we produce but in how we care for and compensate workers. It’s right there in our vision, which echoes Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream: A nation where all residents – especially workers – have enough resources to thrive, and where public and private policy supports their success.
MEMPHIS, TN

Loans got me into journalism. Student debt pushed me out.

I’m the first person in my family to graduate college, but I didn’t want to go. I didn’t know anybody with a degree. I couldn’t understand what college was, what you do when you get there, and what it was for. I didn’t see why I couldn’t just start a business and hustle my way to being rich.
MEMPHIS, TN

Starbucks workers win unionization fight

In a historic vote Tuesday, Memphis Starbucks workers at the Poplar and Highland location voted 11-3 in favor of unionizing. This is the first Starbucks in the city and one of more than 120 Starbucks across the U.S. to unionize, organizers said. Workers at the store in East Memphis began...
MEMPHIS, TN

Meet Brittany Brown

Later this week we’ll be celebrating the work we’ve done, and in a way, the work we have yet to do. As part of that merry making, we’re celebrating our newest hire: Brittany Brown, who’ll primarily cover labor and workers. Brittany was born in Illinois but...
MEMPHIS, TN

MLK50 receives $100,000 from Jonathan Logan Family Foundation

The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation has given MLK50: Justice Through Journalism $100,000 to support its work. “It is an honor to help celebrate MLK50’s fifth anniversary and its fierce commitment to investigative journalism that holds power and wealth to account for the citizens of Memphis. We love a women-led nonprofit newsroom that disrupts the status quo,” said Jonathan Logan, president & CEO of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation.
MEMPHIS, TN
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3 things we learned from our panel on Black mental health

MLK50: Justice Through Journalism hosted a virtual panel on May 31 about mental health and self-care, specifically for Black women. It was inspired by a recent article, in which prominent local artist Victoria Jones shared her personal experience of depression in the midst of professional success. Jones is the founder...

Can’t find a place to rent? Here are a few tips and resources

The current shortage of homes in the U.S. surpasses anything the country has ever seen. With too little housing, Memphis-area renters are paying 28% more than they were in March 2020. And those are the Memphians able to find a place to stay. Increasingly, Memphians can’t find housing and are...
MEMPHIS, TN

A well-read summer

These pandemic years have stolen many things from all of us. For a while, it robbed me of the ability to read books. My mind, overwhelmed by concern and uncertainty, got flabby and lazy. Skimming articles was routine (Except MLK50 articles. I read every word of those). Binge-watching was all I could muster.
MEMPHIS, TN

Youth are not the problem: Let them be part of the solution

After rapper and hometown hero Young Dolph was murdered in November 2021, local leaders began their rallying cry for “stopping the violence,” and “coming together.” They held town halls and community meetings. During these meetings, I often heard adults say that we need to figure out how to reach our youth, especially those involved in criminal activity.
SHELBY COUNTY, TN

MLK50 marks 5 years of award-winning journalism

MLK50: Justice Through Journalism will mark its fifth anniversary with a celebration on Saturday, June 11 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Brickwood Hall, 391 South Front Street in downtown Memphis. Emmy Award-winning WMC Action News 5 anchor Kym Clark will emcee the event. Tickets are available online at mlk50.com.
MEMPHIS, TN

The scarcity lie

In four weeks, on June 18, there will be a march in Washington. The goal of the Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly & Moral March on Washington and to the Polls is to pick up where our namesake left off, to fight for policies that address poverty and low wealth.
MEMPHIS, TN

No Shelter: With an apartment, he could reconstruct his life

NO SHELTER is a regular series from MLK50 housing reporter Jacob Steimer, interviewing Memphians who have no access to housing. Although the numbers are difficult to track, the Community Alliance for the Homeless estimates that on a given night in 2021, about 200 people were unsheltered in Memphis/Shelby County. The monthly Q&As will introduce readers to neighbors they may not talk to otherwise and, perhaps, create a path to improving the way the city cares for these vulnerable people. It is written with the belief that all people are created equal — whether or not they’re treated that way. The conversations are edited for brevity and clarity.
MEMPHIS, TN