by Leonard Gill
Daniel, former president of the Organization of American Historians and former curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, was instrumental in launching the Rock 'N' Soul Museum in 2000, and he serves today on the nominating committee for the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. He's in town this week for two events.
The first event is a lecture called "Building the Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum," which Daniel will deliver inside Hardie Auditorium at Rhodes College on Wednesday, September 18th. The lecture — free and open to the public — starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Charles Hughes, of Rhodes' history department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to rhodes.edu.
On Thursday night, September 19th, Daniel, a respected chronicler of 20th-century Southern history, will be at the Cotton Museum (at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, 65 Union) to discuss his seventh (and newest) book, Dispossession: Discrimination Against African American Farmers in the Age of Civil Rights (The University of North Carolina Press). The event is also free and begins at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the museum at 531-7826 or go to memphiscottonmuseum.org. •