Spotlight for the week of January 11, 2021

Jan 11, 2021

“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” with Laura Loth, is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Laura Loth is a professor at Rhodes College.


Two important organizations whose programming continues to engage Memphians in the intersection of racial and environmental justice have a great line up for us this week.

On Wednesday at 6:30pm, the Wolf River Conservancy launches their MLK day of service projects with a talk by James Edward Mills. Mills is a Black journalist and media producer who specializes in stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, and practices of sustainable living. He’s the author of “The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors.” In this book, he shares stories of those who have already achieved significant accomplishments in outdoor adventures, and challenges the barriers that keep minority populations from seeking adventure and solace in our national and state parks. This event takes place online and is free, but registration is required.

On Thursday at 6pm, Elmwood Cemetery celebrates the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass with a one-man show by Memphis actor Phil Darius Wallace. Douglass was an abolitionist, statesman, writer, and a champion for racial equality. His life will be remembered in a one hour, online performance called “The Starry Road To Freedom.Tickets can be purchased online.

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