09/25/2019, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free. map
Café Conversations coincide with a tour of a related special exhibition or works from the Brooks permanent collection. Led by local Memphians, the series encourages visitors to contemplate real life issues by drawing comparisons to themes in art.
Dr. Charles McKinney, Neville Frierson Bryan Chair of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of History at Rhodes College will center this month’s conversation around select pieces in the museum’s permanent collection by African American artists, including Victor Ekpuk’s mural Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis located in the African Gallery, and his own research which focuses on the African American experience in the United States.
Dr. McKinney’s research focuses on the Civil Rights Movement, and the exploration of local movements in particular. He is currently working on a project, tentatively titled Losing the Party of Lincoln: George Washington Lee and the Struggle for the Soul of the Republican Party, that explores the life and career of George Washington Lee, an African American Republican operative and civil rights activist who lived in Memphis in the middle of the twentieth century. He is also the author of the book Greater Freedom: The Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle in Wilson, North Carolina. Grab a cup of coffee and invite a friend. Café Conversations are not the same without you!
Free. No reservations required.