Rhodes to Present Beale Street Symposium

Rhodes College’s Memphis Center and Mike Curb Institute for Music will present the Beale Street Symposium, a three-day exploration of the history of Beale Street and its relationship to Memphis, March 19-21. The event will feature a Communities in Conversation lecture by Curb Visiting Scholar in the Arts Preston Lauterbach, as well as the exclusive release of his new book, Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis. Other activities include student presentations, panel discussions, a concert featuring Calvin Newborn, and a guided historic walking tour of Beale Street.

  • March 19: Communities in Conversation Lecture featuring Preston Lauterbach, “Beale Street Dynasty: Bob Church, Boss Crump, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis” 
    He also will be signing copies of his  Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis 
    6 p.m. 
    McCallum Ballroom, Bryan Campus Life Center 
    free and open to the public


  • March 20: Beale Street Symposium’s Lunchtime Lecture and Panel Discussions 
    12:30 p.m.: Lunchtime lecture with Charles Hughes, “From Beale Street to the World: Memphis Musicians and the Soul Revolution.” Copies of his new book, Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American Southwill be available for purchase. 
    1:30 p.m.: Panel discussion featuring Rhodes student researchers 
    3 p.m.: Panel Discussion featuring Calvin Newborn, Joyce Cobb, Preston Lauterbach, and Charles Hughes 
    Hyde Hall, Catherine Burrow Refectory
    free and open to the public


  • March 20: Calvin Newborn Live in Concert with the Rhodes Jazz Band 
    Calvin Newborn is a surviving member of the Newborn family, the first family of Beale, and will be making his historic return to Memphis and Beale Street. 
    7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. 
    Historical Daisy Theater, 329 Beale Street 
    Tickets are $10/$5 for students with ID and will be available at the door.


  • March 21: “If Beale Street Could Talk: The Secret History of America’s Most Iconic Street Comes to Life on a Walking Tour with Legendary Characters” 
    This includes historic-guided walking tours of Beale led by Preston Lauterbach and admission to the Ernest Withers Gallery and the Rock n’ Soul Museum 
    $20 per person, limited to 50 slots