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South Memphis Shalom Zone barbecue contest encourages residents to seek peaceRead Article

The fourth annual South Memphis barbecue cook-off brings churches and residents together intentionally to foster a safer, vibrant community.
Vintage advertisements and packages from Lucky Heart Cosmetics' products are on display at the new storefront at 939 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard.

State-of-the-art early childhood academy set to open in South MemphisRead Article

A focal point of the new Porter-Leath school will be the teacher excellence program developed in partnership with Shelby County Schools to provide continual training for preschool educators.
South Memphis house boat

In photos: Stop the Violence Block Party celebrates a 20-year run in South MemphisRead Article

Mid-June means community on Tate Street. For the past 20 years, South Memphis resident Betty Isom has hosted a Stop the Violence Block Party, which is meant to inspire pride in the community and decry violence.

This black beauty company survived segregation in Memphis. Now it faces off against e-commerce.Read Article

Founded in 1935, Lucky Heart Cosmetics has seen its share of changes. The black beauty product manufacturer has opened its first retail store in the hopes of attracting its next generation of loyal customers.
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Founded as an agricultural community, South Memphis was stable and close-knit until the 1950s when businesses and families began relocating to the suburbs. Ill-conceived “revitalization” in the 1980s leveled many early buildings and accelerated the decline. Today, it is one of the city’s most economically challenged but culturally rich neighborhoods. The Soulsville area attracts thousands of tourists each year while resident-led revitalization has steered recent investments towards an area farmers market as well as a childcare and family center. South Memphis is also home to numerous community gardens, LeMoyne Owen College, and the famous Four Way Grill.

Sierra Club event featuring MATA

Conservationists offer green solutions to Memphis public transit

Agape Child & Family Services is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing children and families in Memphis with healthy homes.

Agape Child & Family Services seeks $6M to serve Memphis neighborhoods

Club Paradise

Video: The blues return to Club Paradise

 Janiya, 8, uses one of the computers in the kids’ corner at the Cornelia Crenshaw Library.

The Cornelia Crensaw library is a "sanctuary" on Vance Avenue

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