William Faulkner is often quoted as saying, “To understand the world, you must first understand Mississippi”. But the Mississippi Delta is a place unto itself within the state of Mississippi with its own culture and mystique. David Cohn in his book Where I was Born and Raised said, “The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg.”
LDP began the Lower Delta Talks in 2010 to not only provide a cultural opportunity in an area where there are few but also, to educate both residents and visitors on the many wonderful aspects of the Mississippi Delta.
This annual “talk series” takes place monthly at the Sharkey Issaquena County Library in Rolling Fork. The Lower Delta Talks highlight various aspects of the History, Culture, and Nature of the Mississippi Delta.
Begun in 2010, the Lower Delta Talks have included speakers on topics from Lebanese Heritage in the Delta, to Delta Hot Tamales, to the Monarch Butterfly’s annual migration. The talks have featured speakers including Felder Rushing, Martha Foose, Willy Bearden, Richard Grant, Susan Puckett and a great many Deltans that love their home.
When and Where
Lower Delta Talks take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the library’s Fine Arts Room. They are held the months of March – October except for July. Refreshments are served, and it is a fun time for people in the community and guests to get out and visit and learn something new about their home.
All Lower Delta Talks are free and open to the public.