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Karen Spencer-McGhee Spencer-McGhee describes Memphis as ‘my’ city. She was born here in 1963 at John Gaston Hospital. She smiles, thinking about her younger days here, describing them as "happy days." Her grandfather, Tommy Hunt, was one of the first 1300 sanitation strikers. She would sometimes attend strikers' meetings

Music In His Soul Teven grew up in the South Memphis area, where he attended Riverview Middle School and Carver High School and graduated from Memphis Business Academy. All of his schools were nearby. He remembers being able to walk from his grandmother’s house to school for most of

Tackling Adverse Childhood Experiences The person who identifies a problem is the person sent to solve the problem. By adopting this philosophy, Pastor Charlie Caswell found his purpose and has taken on the task of educating communities of color on the effects of Adverse childhood experiences

Heal The Hood LaDell Beamon began a journey of healing and ministering to those in his beloved Longview Heights neighborhood. Beamon was raised in a single-parent household with the help of his grandmother, who had been wheelchair-bound since birth. She serves as a source of guidance

I, You, We Deserve to Feel Important Tracy T. Rowe is a resident of Bartlett, TN. She isn’t the kind of resident that just comes out and waters her plants and takes scrolls through the park. She is an active change agent in her community. As

Paint yourself clean Larry Walker is originally from a historic north memphis neighborhood called New Chicago. Many know him for his professional portraits that he creates. He’s done portraits for political leaders in Memphis and other influential people in the Midsouth community. For several decades Walker was

Painting the Town Karen Golightly is the Director of Paint Memphis, Memphis Reads, and Fresh Reads. She is also a professor at Christian Brothers University. She’s been a resident in Memphis since 1987 and she has brought change and seen change happen throughout the years she’s

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