Ribs, Race, & Rock ’n Roll
Travel to the South and see American history come to life by visiting places important to the Civil Rights Movement, as well as key locations that led to the blending of races through music. Enjoy blues, soul music, barbecue and Southern cuisine in Memphis, Clarksdale and Nashville. Sleep in sharecropper shacks and dance at a juke joint. Stomp your boots at the Grand Ole Opry and give back to the local community working with Habitat for Humanity.
This journey will take us to three primary stops: Memphis, Tenn., Clarksdale, Mis. and then Nashville, Tenn. In Memphis, we will enjoy blues and soul music, tour Sun Records, eat barbeque and fried Southern cuisine, and visit the National Civil Rights Museum. We will then drive into the heart of the Mississippi Delta where we will sleep in restored sharecropper shacks, dance to the blues at a juke joint, and eat more Southern delicacies like fried pickles! Weather permitting, we hope to take a short canoe trip on the Mississippi River. To learn more about the fight for racial equality in the United States, we then will travel to Oxford to explore the University of Mississippi's archives and to see the statue erected for James Meredith, the first African-American student admitted to the university. We will then pass through a Civil War battlefield and spend a weekend exploring the country music capital of the world, Nashville. We’ll stomp our boots to music at the Grand Ole Opry, visit the Johnny Cash Museum, and tour Hatch Print Shop to learn about the history of music posters. By this journey’s end, students will be able to articulate some of the South's influence on contemporary American culture.