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Jerome Pope (L) and Robert Coates (R) cut hair at The Barber School on Jackson Avenue in Klondike.

The Barber School brings needed job skills to North Memphis

Now in its 17th year, the Barber School in the Klondike neighborhood is a federally accredited school with an average enrollment of 125 students. 

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It's up to us: Considering economic justice in Memphis

A diverse crowd stood up for inclusion of Memphis' minority-owned businesses at "Economic Justice in the City," a panel event hosted by High Ground News and EPIcenter Memphis at the historic Clayborn Temple. The full program can be viewed below.


Grassroots efforts in Klondike Smokey City stem from one woman

The Klondike Smokey City Community Development Corp., works to shape a brighter future for this North Memphis neighborhood. It starts with its longtime executive director.

Porter Leath Childrens’ Home on Manassas Street is the oldest structure in Klondike/Smokey City. It was an orphanage until 1969 when it became a multi-service agency to serve more children in need.

Prosperity and decline shape Klondike Smokey City's history

Klondike Smokey City’s history tells a story of prosperity but also one of decline with shuttered factories, white flight and racial segregation at its core. 

Economic Justice

Join High Ground News for "Economic Justice in the City"

Join High Ground News on Feb. 28 at Clayborn Temple for “Economic Justice in the City,” a conversation with five Memphis business leaders on the strength of entrepreneurship as a strategy to grow the middle class and what barriers remain in the effort to spread Memphis’ wealth. 
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