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First Tuesday program focuses on heritage

Delta State University’s Department of Art and The Delta Center for Culture and Learning will sponsor a First Tuesday program presented by Dr Luther Brown on Jan. 28 from 12:10-1:00 p.m. in the Wright Art Gallery. The program will focus on the Mississippi National Heritage Area.

The Mississippi National Heritage Area was created by Congress in March of 2009 to “foster partnerships and educational opportunities that enhance, preserve and promote the heritage of the Mississippi Delta.”

In 2012, the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area as a National Treasure in recognition of the Delta’s impact on the nation. The Delta area is where the blues were born, where the Civil Rights movement overturned segregation, where the introduction of high tech farming sparked the Great Migration, where the siege of Vicksburg marked a turning point in the Civil War and where literary greats such as Tennessee Williams and Eudora Welty told the world about the Delta through their writing.

Dr. Brown is a well-known and engaging speaker who is the founding director of The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Walt Grayson’s Mississippi Roads, the Golf Channel’s Golf with Style Mississippi, the History Channel’s Mississippi and two Japanese television programs. He also has presented heritage tours for the Culinary Institute of America, Living Blues Magazine, the Oxford Conference for the Book and numerous international groups.

First Tuesday is free and open to the public. Coffee will be served and brown bag lunches are welcomed.

First Tuesday is sponsored by the Art Department and the First Tuesday Committee. Scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month during fall and spring semesters from 12:10-1:00 p.m., First Tuesday features lectures, readings and presentations representing diverse perspectives in the arts and humanities. For more information, please call 662-846-4720.