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 A Derrick Dent and Michael Roy mural honoring Memphis history stands on the corner of South Main and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Five sites you may not know about along the Memphis Heritage Trail

The National Civil Rights Museum and Beale Street cannot contain all of Memphis' cultural heritage. An innovative project, the Memphis Heritage Trail, brings the history of Memphis' streets and structures from South Memphis to Orange Mound to life through art installations and signage.

Principal Alisha Kiner shakes hands with a graduating senior of Booker T. Washington's 2017 class.

Sweep it clean: The leader behind Booker T. Washington’s comeback story

When principal Alisha Kiner joined Booker T. Washington, the historically African-American high school had a graduation rate of 53 percent. Her leadership has skyrocketed that figure. In 2017, the school graduated its largest class of seniors. 

A May 13 clean-up day at the site of a future homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth.

Nearly half of homeless youth are LGTBQ. OUTMemphis is doing something about it.

OUTMemphis could soon begin construction on an innovative shelter complex made out of shipping containers. Once completed, LGBTQ youth will be allowed to stay at the facility and receive wraparound services to help them make the next step to stability.

A watchful audience during the Envision Lead Grow summer camp.

Memphis is the first stop for entrepreneurship camp for girls

A free camp at the University of Memphis instructed girls in how to launch their own businesses.

Almost 30 at risk youth have been employed with Sweet LaLa’s Bakery since it opened in 2014.

Video: Sweet LaLa's bakery in South Memphis gives juvenile offenders a second chance

Almost 30 at-risk youth have been employed with Sweet LaLa’s Bakery since it opened in 2014.

Barbara Nesbit hangs out with the kids at the Vance Avenue Youth Development Center.

Vance Avenue Youth Development Center is a free safety net for South Memphis children

Barbara Nesbit isn’t a childcare provider. She’s a diplomat, and she helps her kids navigate the barriers that arise from living in poverty.

Drag queens make their entrance at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Tri-State Black Pride educates and uplifts local black LGBTQ community

Memphis Black Pride has been rebranded after an over 20-year run. Tri-State Black Pride places an emphasis on education and bringing together black LGBTQ community members from the region.

Jeremy Stein, general manager for Lucky Heart Cosmetics stands with Bennie Franklin, an employee of 33 years, and Olivet Montgomery, an employee of 52 years, by the mural outside the company's new storefront on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard.

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

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.

Anthony Jackson (L) and Rico Randall (R) showing off their award-winning barbecued ribs

South Memphis Shalom Zone barbecue contest encourages residents to seek peace

The fourth annual South Memphis barbecue cook-off brings churches and residents together intentionally to foster a safer, vibrant community.

The Edge Gets Lit Alley Party brough Memphians to an overlooked side of The Edge District.

Between the Lines II: Turning Memphis' alleys into hidden destinations

Built to be hidden parts of the city, alleys are reimagined by developers and artists as places to show off Memphis' creativity. 

Visitors to the block party enjoy live music.

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

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.

Filmmakers interviewed Caleb (R) and his mother, LaShay, about their experiences in the juvenile justice system in Jackson, Mississippi.

Memphis filmmakers shine a light on the juvenile justice system

Special confidentiality protections afforded to juveniles can make cases opaque and allow injustice to fester. Two Memphis-based filmmakers are sharing narratives of people affected by the juvenile justice system in an effort to inspire policy change. 

The Soulsville girls rugby team at practice.

Sound & Color: The first rugby field for Memphis schools; Memphis power outage aftermath

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Betty Isom stands in front of her home she purchased in ZIP 38126.

The Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis has a bold vision to stamp out poverty

The Women's Foundation of 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. 

Club Paradise

Video: The blues return to Club Paradise

B.B. King, Aretha Franklin and Isaac Hayes have all called Club Paradise home. Opened in South Memphis in the 1960s, the building shuttered in 1999. It opened last year under new management, and supporters believe the new Club Paradise could lead the way to community growth and good times.
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