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Tour of Memphis, Tennessee
Grammy award winning producer and owner of Royal Studios, Boo Mitchell, gave a tour of Memphis, Tennessee.
Memphis has a rich musical history tied to Blues, Rock and Roll and Soul music. In his book, Memphis Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, author Charles Hughes talked about Memphis' role in the music industry during the 1960s and 1970s. He discussed how the music intersected with the political issues of the time.
Cable and satellite network C-SPAN will feature Memphis authors and history this weekend.
Memphis weekend is Nov. 17-18 on C-SPAN2's Book TV and C-SPAN3's American History TV.
The programming is part of the C-SPAN’s Cities Tour. During the first and third weekend of each month, C-SPAN’s Book TV and American TV feature a selected city. As part of the tour, C-SPAN visits different sites, interviewing local historians, authors and civic leaders.
Beginning 6 p.m. on Saturday, Book TV’s Memphis block will include interviews with:
- Charles L. Hughes (director of the Lynne and Henry Turley Memphis Center at Rhodes College and author of "Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South")
- Beverly Bond (University of Memphis history professor and author of "Memphis in Black and White" and "Beale Street")
- Ben Jordan (Christian Brothers University history professor and author of "Modern Manhood & the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race and the Environment, 1910-1930")
- Sharon Stanley (U of M political science professor and author of "An Impossible Dream: Racial Integration in the United States")
- Aram Goudsouzian (U of M history department chair and author of "Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights Black Power and the Meredith March Against Fear")
C-SPAN will air a tour of the Memphis Room at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library with Wayne Dowdy (archivist and author of "Hidden History of Memphis") and an interview with Mayor Jim Strickland about the city’s current race relations. The Tour Memphis segment will feature Royal Studios owner Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell.
Beginning 1 p.m. Sunday, American History TV will include:
- A visit to the archives at Graceland with archivist Angie Marchese.
- A lesson about the history of cotton in the city from Memphis Public Libraries archivist Wayne Dowdy.
- A visit to the National Civil Rights Museum to learn about the 1968 sanitation workers strike and last days of Martin Luther King Jr. from museum historian Ryan Jones.
- A tour of Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum with director Elaine Turner.
- A visit to Sun Studios to learn about its impact with Jason Freeman.
- A tour of Stax Museum of American Soul Music with executive director Jeff Kollath.
C-SPAN will post the videos online after the segments air.
After Memphis, the C-SPAN Cities Tour will feature Riverside, California; Lawrence, Kansas; Santa Monica, California; and Independence, Missouri.