Voices of the South hosts the 8th Annual Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival at the McCoy theatre on the Rhodes College campus this Memorial Day weekend. The pay-what-you-can festival features over a dozen different performances, workshops, street performances, and many arts activities.
Voices of the South members Alice Berry, Miranda Fisher, and Corwyn Cullum spoke with Kacky Walton about the event.
When people think of wrestler Sputnik Monroe’s records, they think of his stance against segregation and his wrestling titles. They don’t think of the songs he recorded on vinyl, his literal record. But the man who in the late 1950s desegregated Memphis’ main wrestling auditorium, one of the first things to be desegregated in the city, was also a trailblazer of another sort. In 1959, Monroe became one of the first wrestlers to ever cut a record.
The famed Spanish explorer, Hernando De Soto, the first European to see the Mississippi River, died on May 21, 1542.
De Soto and his men had marched hundreds of miles through much of the Southeast. By the time of his death, De Soto had lost at least 1/3 of his men to disease, malnutrition, and constant warfare with the Native Americans.
After his death, the remaining Spaniards traveled down the Mississippi, made their way to Mexico, and then back home.
Just because somebody tells you that a certain business category is a dying business doesn’t mean it’s gonna die today or tomorrow. People were still making money on Blockbuster stores a decade after the announcement of their demise.
Business categories do, indeed, die. Almost always because of advances in science. Nobody’s making steamships any more.
But some categories that start shrinking aren’t necessarily dying. They’re just getting smaller.
This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and Bill Dries, Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News, discuss Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton's proposal to a skeptical Memphis City Council for a property tax increase.