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   "Wattstax: I Am Somebody!" Exhibit Opening: Keynote Address by Record Producer Al Bell

   Date : Tuesday, 5 February 2008       From : 7:00pm   To : 9:00pm
   Category : Arts       Location : Barret 051


   Event Description :

In celebration of Black History Month, Rhodes' African American Studies Program is hosting "Wattstax: I Am Somebody!" an exhibit of over 50 rare photographs from the archives of the Stax Museum of American Soul of Music, Memphis, TN.

The public is invited to a keynote address by Al Bell, former owner of Stax Records and executive producer of the Wattstax film, at 7 p.m. in Barret 051. Bell will speak on "Believing and Fulfilling the American Dream." A reception will follow. In addition to Rhodes' African American Studies Program, the event is sponsored by The Mike Curb Institute for Music as well as the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis, TN.

Under Bell's leadership, Stax Records produced gold and platinum hits, worked with MGM Studios on the release of the film "Shaft," evolved into a multimedia company including spoken-word recordings, and introduced marketing and promotional innovations that changed the direction of the nation's music industry.

Among Bell’s roster of box office hits is the 1973 film "Wattstax: The Living Word," that is based on Stax Records' seven-hour concert that entertained more than 100,000 people in the Los Angeles Coliseum at the annual Watts Summer Festival in 1972. The event is believed to have launched the careers of Richard Pryor, Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, Rufus and Carla Thomas, The Bar-Kays, and the Staple Singers and moved Rev. Jesse Jackson to lead the crowd in the “I Am Somebody” refrain.

The "Wattstax: I Am Somebody!" exhibit recaptures the Wattstax concert and documentary and chronicles the African American experience during a time of social change and empowerment. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be on display in the Paul Barret, Jr. Library February 2-28, 2008 in Barrett 051. Times are: Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Those with specific inquiries can contact Dr. Anita Davis at 901-843-3989.



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