Memphis in May Exhibit, SALVAGE: Reclaiming Memphis' Black Aesthetic @ The National Civil Rights Museum
The Museum is partnering with The CLTV (Collective) and Memphis in May to own and celebrate narratives often ignored in the mainstream visual story. The CLTV has curated SALVAGE: Reclaiming Memphis’ Black Aesthetic, a visual art exhibition that exclusively premieres original work from Memphis-based African-American artists including Amber George, Le Marquee La Flora, Lester Merriweather, Cheeto Ryan, Mia Saine, Siphne A. Sylve and Eso Tolson.
Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community
The Pink Palace’s bicentennial exhibit examines the legendary events and iconic Memphians who have made this city what it is. Rather than a linear overview, the exhibit is structured as a web of stories around five themes: Geography and the Environment, Migration and Settlement, Commerce and Entrepreneurialism, Art and Entertainment, and Heritage and Identity. Rather than going from event to event, the idea is to show intersections and influences in Memphis’ past. The exhibit is also designed to directly involve the community, with curated display items chosen by visitors. Click here for more information on this exhibit and other bicentennial exhibits.
David Maraniss: A Good American Family @ Novel Bookstore, 6pm
In a riveting book with powerful resonance today, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss captures the pervasive fear and paranoia that gripped America during the Red Scare of the 1950s through the chilling yet affirming story of his family’s ordeal, from blacklisting to vindication. Maraniss will be present for a book talk and signing. Check out Novel’s events calendar for more events!
Diane C. McPhail: The Abolitionist’s Daughter @ Novel Bookstore, 6pm
In her sweeping debut, Diane C. McPhail offers a powerful, profoundly emotional novel that explores a little-known aspect of Civil War history—Southern Abolitionists—and the timeless struggle to do right even amidst bitter conflict. McPhail will be present for a book talk and signing. Check out Novel’s events calendar for more events!
Mary Miller: Biloxi @ Novel Bookstore, 6pm
Building on her critically acclaimed novel The Last Days of California and her biting collection Always Happy Hour, Miller transports readers to this delightfully wry, unapologetic corner of the south―Biloxi, Mississippi, home to sixty-three-year-old Louis McDonald, Jr. Miller will be present for a book talk and signing. Check out Novel’s events calendar for more events!
After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom with Alice Marie Johnson @ The National Civil Rights Museum, Hooks Hyde Hall, 6-8pm
The true-life story of the woman whose life sentence for non-violent drug trafficking was commuted by President Donald Trump thanks to the efforts of Kim Kardashian West—an inspiring memoir of faith, hope, mercy, and gratitude. Today, Alice Marie Johnson is an icon for the prison reform movement and a humble servant who embraces gratitude for her freedom. In this powerful book, she recalls all of the firsts she has experienced through her activism and provides an authentic portrait of the mass incarceration crisis. More information is available here.
Night at the Lorraine @ The National Civil Rights Museum, Museum Campus, 7-11pm
On June 8, Night at the Lorraine showcases the power of connection, purpose and history in one shining place–The Lorraine Motel. The evening sparkles with soulful music, rich food and lively dances of yesterday with a history that still resonate today. More information on this event is available here.
Silver Jubilee Anniversary Celebrations @ India Cultural Center and Temple
A week-long celebration featuring the Kathak Dance Program by Anindita Niyogi Anaam, the Kuchipudi Dance recital by the students of ICCT Dance Academy, and much more! Check out the event’s full calendar here.
Romare Bearden: Vision and Activism @ The National Civil Rights Museum, State of Tennessee Gallery
Romare Bearden: Vision and Activsm presents examples of Bearden’s influences as an artist of social conscience and action. Romare Bearden (1911–1988) recognized as one of the most important visual artists of the 20th Century, countered racial stereotypes with images drawn from history, literature, and the free world of his imagination.
Our Faith, Our Story @ Hattiloo Theater, 5:30pm-7:30pm
This event features Pastor J. Lawrence Turner, Minister Anthony Mohammed, and Sadio. This film and theatre series at the Hattiloo celebrates 400 years of African-American history. Reservations can be made by emailing Elizabeth Baines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Sankofa” Film Screening @ Hattiloo Theater, 5:30pm-7:30pm
This film and theatre series at the Hattiloo celebrates 400 years of African-American history. Reservations can be made by emailing Elizabeth Baines at email@example.com.
Audacity Fest @ Cooper Young
A Cooper-Young gathering around travel and culture with an element of environmental sustainability in a series of events that include panel discussion, entertainment and smaller break-out gatherings.
Shelby County Bicentennial @ Shelby Farms Park
This event will mark the closing ceremony of the city’s bicentennial of Shelby County’s formation. The event will feature an emphasis on the county’s six suburban cities and towns.