Special thanks to Molly Buffington, University of Alabama History major and Communications Committee intern, for taking many wonderful photographs at Monday night’s digital installation and book reading. I have taken to calling it the “Aug. 29 event.”
Over the past month, I saved various digital files with that label on it. In truth, the spirit of the event goes beyond the day. It’s a tribute to our shared past as evidenced in music and pictures. It builds on my black migration research, but also on my ongoing discoveries about students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” course. That’s kind of mushy, but the only words I have as I face a pile of papers to possibly grade this holiday weekend. I am mostly feeling proud – especially of the students’ playlist, which was the soundtrack for the digital images inspired by the research on display.
Special thanks, again, to Kalisha Buckhanon, for joining us and sharing an excerpt from your latest book Solemn, which is set in Mississippi, and poses tensions with the postwar narratives in my study and the course.
Onward to the holiday weekend and in mid-September, to Harlem to the premiere of “The Grant Green Story” at the Harlem International Film Festival. Roll Tide! Anyone else ready for football?