Yesterday and today: our history, our people and our culture.
Remarkable people have always come out of Clarksdale. We’re known worldwide for the music and musicians that came from here, or through here, that’s a fact. Clarksdale is both the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll. But there’s much more to it.
With all of our music history, it makes sense that much focus would be on that, but remarkable Clarksdale people have excelled as writers, artists, civic leaders, businessmen, civil rights pioneers, social welfare workers, educators, painters, church leaders and more. Each one of us knows scores of our citizens not in the spotlight who go about their lives with little fanfare helping others everyday (there is no higher human cause than helping others).
The Arts & Culture District signs downtown were first thought of as an attraction to our music past. Upon first showing them in July 2017, YOU spoke out, and from your suggestions there are now 80 signs on our streets, instead of the original 33, and there’s a few dozen more than should be done as well. Your recommendations for more civic and civil rights leaders, more athletes and church leaders put the focus where it should have been all along. On ALL of us.
So, what evolved is what it should be, and the answer was always right before our eyes (we were just too close to it). Clarksdale has remarkable people now. Come down, visit, get to know us, and you’ll see talent, and humanity, that is just as good now… as it ever was.
So, in designing ClarksdaleNews, the artwork for every person that has an Arts & Culture District sign will become an image on the ClarksdaleNews homepage. The real purpose of this is twofold: for us to celebrate each other, and for the country and the world to celebrate us too (the prototype for ClarksdaleNews that ran for 6 weeks on the internet attracted people from every state in the country, and 54 countries around the world).