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Arkansas District Export Council (ArDEC) New Member Reception.

Congratulations, It was an honor to attend the reception at the Governor’s Mansion for the recently appointed fifteen new members of the Arkansas District Export Council (ArDEC).

(L-R: Greg Thompson, Lenka Horakova, Tripp Strauss, Mark Grobmyer, Bill Hall, Al Bell, Orson Weems)

From ’68 to ’18: Perspectives on Memphis Music + Activism

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’68 to ’18: Perspectives on Memphis Music + Activism
February 20, 2018
Time:  7:00 PM; Doors: open at 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Al Bell, former owner/president, Stax Records
Marco Pave, Memphis-based hip-hop artist and social activist
Zandria Robinson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, Rhodes College 

Following the assassination of Dr. King, Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes and the Staple Singers took it upon themselves to begin advocating for social justice and economic equality both in their hometown and throughout the world. Encouraging them was then-label president Al Bell, an ally of Dr. King and Jesse Jackson, who saw that Stax had a platform, a message, and in some ways, an obligation to bring about positive change. The foundation laid by these artists some 50 years ago has been built upon by current Memphis musicians such as Marco Pave, an emerging hip-hop artist whose socially conscious lyrics and local activism go hand-in-hand. Join us for this special discussion between a Memphis music icon and a rising star, both of whom have placed community improvement at the center of their work. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Zandria Robinson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Rhodes College.