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... but nothing much growing yet after a long cold winter.The town has it's Juke Joint festival this weekend, there are blues bands on every corner, often with home made instruments, drums made from buckets, guitars made from old cigar boxes and broom handles.
Maybe this is a good day to try gator chips.
We went to Memphis on the day before the conference ended. Even though Memphis is not in the Delta it is, for all intents and purposes, the Delta's metropolis. Many of the people who escaped the Delta during the Great Migration never got further than Memphis. Parts of Memphis look like the Delta too, only urban, especially in terms of poverty.
We had some soul food for lunch in Memphis that I can’t entirely recommend. I ...
Our best day of the conference, at least academically, was the day that we spent on Emmett Till. In fact, we began the day with a trip to Mound Bayou, which was a kind of autonomous black community set up by a planter that had been inspired by Robert Owen's philosophy. Evidently, it was once a thriving community, but it now seems afflicted with many of the problems that affect the rest of the Delta.
After lunch, we focused on Emmet Till. I ...
I finally found some people who wanted to do something after classes. Up to this point, the conference was split between people who immediately wanted to go to bed, and guys who wanted to drink a few back in the dorms. No offense to those guys, but I need a bit more than that at this point in my life.
But before that, we were taken out to Dockery Farms, the old huge plantation where Charlie Patton and Son House had worked as ...
I should say that not all the Delta is what I described in the last entry. Cleveland, for instance, seems like a rather prosperous town, perhaps because of the college. So, there is more going on down here than multi-generational poverty.
Today was the "there are people other than black and white people in the Delta." The two most prominent groups, that occupied a kind of middle ground in the Delta, were Jews and Chinese, who operated ...