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The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis has a bold vision to stamp out povertyRead Article

The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis plans to invest $10 million to uplift ZIP 38126, which one of the poorest ZIP codes in America. By strengthening support organizations, the foundation hopes to give residents the necessary tools to combat the effects of poverty. 
Students, families and friends embrace following the graduation ceremony for Booker T. Washington.

The lynching of Ell Persons finds a lasting imprint on the Memphis NAACP chapterRead Article

One hundred years later, Memphians gathered by the Wolf River out Summer Avenue to commemorate historical markers in memory of the lynching of Ell Persons, a dark moment in Memphis history that ended up having a significant impact on the Bluff City in the founding of the Memphis NAACP.

Foote Homes now sits vacant with many of its former residents having been relocated to different neighborhoods across the city as of late 2016.

The last major vestige of segregation-era housing set for demolitionRead Article

Foote Homes, the last traditional public housing complex in Memphis, has seen seven decades of changing attitudes about the role of public housing.
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South City is best known for the Foote Homes development, Memphis’ last public housing project. The $250 million South City revitalization aims to transform the 420-unit institution into mixed-income apartments and rental homes with an emphasis on safety, maintenance, and green space. The project is expected to be complete by 2021. Community leaders hope as South City efforts extend to the areas surrounding the Foote Homes site, they’ll link with efforts in South Memphis and the Downtown Core for a continuous corridor of deep investment.

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Read more articles by Madeline Faber.

Madeline Faber is an editor and award-winning reporter. Prior to joining High Ground News as managing editor, she worked as a staff reporter for The Daily News. She has also written for Memphis Business Journal, The Memphis Flyer and Inside Memphis Business. Her experience as a development reporter complements High Ground's mission to write about what's next for Memphis.

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Andrea Morales is a documentary photographer based in Memphis. Born in Lima, Peru, she grew up in Miami, earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida and an M.A. in photography from Ohio University. Working for different newspapers moved her to cities and newsrooms of all size, including the El Sentinel in South Florida, the Lima News in NW Ohio and The New York Times in NYC. Most recently, she was on staff as a photographer at the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire, where she covered barn dances, ox pulls and presidential elections, all with equal joy.

Read more articles by Lauren Squires-Ready.

Forever Ready Productions is based in Memphis. It specializes in fast paced, timely content for non profits, small businesses and start-ups. The production company's founder, Lauren Squires Ready, has more than a decade of award-winning video journalism experience and uses that skill to help create an impact narrative for any mission driven organization. Visit for more information.    

Read more articles by Tamara Williamson.

Tamara is a native Memphian and has a B.A. and M.A. from UT Knoxville. She has previously written guest posts for I Love Memphis blog.