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 Pavé, a 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.
Stax Records was the hub of a neighborhood that produced so much musical talent it came to be called Soulsville, USA. The Museum showcases more than 2,000 exhibits that are fun, fascinating, interactive, and entertaining, celebrating the music of such icons as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the MGs, and hundreds of others.
Apr-Oct: Mon -Sat 10 am–5 pm, Sun 1 pm–5 pm. Nov-Mar: Closed Mon.
$12 Adults, $11 Seniors 62 +, Active Military, and Students with proper ID, $9 ages 9-12, free for Stax Museum Members, kids 8 and under. Gift shop open during museum hours; no admission fee required.