Brown Bag Affair – Influence on the Blues
(Indianola, MS) The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center welcomes Dr. Marvin Haire, Director of the Delta Research & Cultural Institute at Mississippi Valley State University to the Gin area of the Museum, on Friday, May 28 at noon. Dr. Haire will present an overview of the influence of the Blues on Richard N. Wright.
Dr. Haire’s paper, Richard Wright’s Affinity for the Blues was originally commissioned by The Negro in MS Historical Society as a featured keynote presentation for the celebration of the centennial of the birth of Richard N. Wright. The presentation provides an overview of influence of Blues on the life, writings & political activism of Wright from Black Boy through his exile in Paris, as well as his tour of Ghana and the writing of his lesser known treatise Black Power. Key among the trends identified was the work Wright contributed to our understanding of the Blues as a lived experience as exemplified in the daily life of members of the poor and oppressed working class in Memphis, Chicago & NYC, and Wright’s role as a promoter of the virtues of protest Blues, including the liner notes written for Josh White.
Dr. Haire currently serves as Director of the Delta Research & Cultural Institute at Mississippi Valley State University. He is a former Chairman and Associate Professor of Political Science at Clark Atlanta University, and a past President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Dr. Haire is internationally recognized as an expert on the music history of Black America, and as a curriculum design specialist who holds the distinction of having served as a Georgia , Ohio , and National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar.
High Noon Brown Bag Luncheons are held at the B.B. King Museum on the last Friday of every month, at 12 noon. Bring your lunch. Beverages are available for purchase. No advance reservation required.
The Museum is located at 400 Second Street, at the end of Sunflower Avenue, in Indianola.
For more information, please contact:
Erin Mulligan , Volunteer & Intern Coordinator
B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center
400 Second St , Indianola , MS 38751
662.887.9539 Ext. 228