Editorial: Stax students spice up ‘Freedom Sounds’ celebration

From The Commercial Appeal

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A dozen young Memphians over the weekend added a special Memphis flavor to a momentous event.

The students from the Stax Music Academy performed as part of the weekend-long “Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration” on the National Mall, the grand-opening festival for the Smithsonian’s new Museum of African American History and Culture. Saturday, President Barack Obama dedicated the museum, which traces African-American history from the days of slavery and the civil rights movement to the present.

The festival included a celebration the nation’s African-American musical heritage. The academy students, by all accounts, acquitted themselves and Memphis well while performing soul and rock classics made famous by the Staple Singers, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Prince, Queen and others.

Their invitation to perform at such a momentous event is a reminder that there are good things happening in Memphis education.