July 2014 Deep South USA Newsletter
Welcome to the Deep South USA newsletter for July 2014. We will bring you all the latest news on the southern US states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi & Tennessee as the official UK representatives. If you would like further information on any of the articles featured you can complete an enquiry form and we will put an information pack together for you...or simply just email us.
In this issue:
- Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans
- BBC Radio 2 - Thats Alright Mama
- Alabama's Civil RIghts Trail
- Tour Operator of the Month
- Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights, Mississippi
Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans
Taking place 31st July-3rd August this year this is the premier American Jazz Festival dedicated to the life, legacy and music of New Orleans native son.
Held annually at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint, it is free and open to the public with three days of fascinating discussions about the life and talent of Louis Armstrong including seminars about the history and influence of jazz music in New Orleans.
BBC Radio 2 - That's Alright 60 Years On
On 5th July 1954, a 19-year-old Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studio and recorded three tracks. To mark the anniversary of Elvis's historic recording, Hollywood actor and musician Sam Palladio hosted That's All Right: 60 Years On, live from Sun Studio in Memphis.
If you missed the show you can listen to some clips from Sam Palladio, Candi Staton, Lucie Silvas and Laura Bell Bundy, plus the day was also filmed for an hour long programme to be broadcast on BBC Four early August.
Alabama's Civil Rights Trail
On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Nigel Richardson from the Telegraph visited Alabama, to re-discover the roots of the world-changing movement.
The story is the result of the efforts of our Alabama Tourism Department’s UK Representative Della Tully. Individual tourism offices in the cities Nigel visited, including Tuscaloosa, Selma, Birmingham and Montgomery, assisted him during his visit to Alabama. The article includes details to book a trip to Alabama as well as links to many Alabama Civil Rights attractions.
Tour Operator of the Month - American Sky
If you’d like to discover and explore America’s stunning Deep South region, there’s no better way than on one of American Sky's tours. Experience the charms of Nashville and Memphis in Tennessee, or head down to Louisiana for the unforgettable carnival atmosphere of New Orleans. View the mighty Mississippi or walk the cobbled streets of Charleston – there’s no end to the possibilities in this beautiful and fascinating region.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights
The highly anticipated Center for Civil and Human Rights will officially open to the public on 23rd June 2014. Serving as a connector between past and present, The Center shares powerful stories of individuals and civil and human rights movements.
The Center is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. The 42,000-square-foot facility will house four primary exhibitions including “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection” presenting a rare collection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personal papers and items.
Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights
The hottest festival in town will celebrate its 10th anniversary this August with a night of fun for the whole family in Mississippi. Once again named as a "Top 20 Event in the Southeast for the month of August" by the Southeast Tourism Society, Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights is an end-of-the-summer annual tradition that celebrates all things that make the Greater Belhaven area special.
The festival hosts five stages of live music: Blues, Jazz, Celtic, Indie Rock, and Acoustic music. There will also be a children's area, food from Greater Belhaven restaurants and handcrafted items from merchants and artisans from Belhaven and the Mississippi Farmer's Market.