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Delta Blues Press Release

September 08, 2016



Accredited workshop is open to teachers of all subjects and grade levels


[Clarksdale, Mississippi - September 08, 2016] - The Delta Blues Museum is pleased to offer a workshop on "The Great Migration" on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Teachers of all subjects and grade levels are invited to participate and will have the opportunity to earn .7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The Early Bird fee for registration before September 20, 2016 is $25 and $30 thereafter - the workshop fee includes lunch, snacks and CEUs.

"The Great Migration" refers to the movement of six million African-Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West that occurred between 1910 and 1970. Workshop sessions will include an overview of the Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum and the lesson plan on "Cotton" presented by Scott Barretta. An overview of the Delta Blues Museum's educational offerings, including the "Explore and Learn" series and the "traveling trunk," will be presented by Museum Director Shelley Ritter, along with a tour of the Delta Blues Museum with Group Tour Manager Maie Smith. Musician Josh "Razorblade" Stewart will offer a first-hand account of the Migration years, and Joey Young will provide an overview of ways to implement these resources in the classroom. Attendees will learn how to draw upon their existing knowledge of music to find corollaries in terms of music and expressing emotion, technology and music, and how music reflects gender roles. Teachers will also have the opportunity to write their own blues song.

Registration will open at 8:15am at the Museum, located at #1 Blues Alley Lane in downtown Clarksdale. Sessions will begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm with lunch provided. Educators wishing to earn CEUs must register on or before the day of the event, pay the fee and complete an evaluation form. Applications will be processed after these steps are completed, and teachers will receive .7 CEU credits. Registration forms are available on the Delta Blues Museum website at and at the Museum. This program is financially assisted by the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Call the Delta Blues Museum (662) 627-6820 or or visit for more information and a registration form.

About the Delta Blues Museum

Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is Mississippi's first and oldest music museum. A 2013 recipient of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Services-the nation's highest honor for museum and library service to the community-and a 2014 recipient of the National Arts & Humanities' Youth Program Award, the Delta Blues Museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form, the Blues. The Museum is also recognized as a Great River Road Interpretive Center.

For more information on events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum web site at

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Shelley Ritter, Director

This newsletter is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and,
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.