By Donna Summerall
The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Mississippi Arts Commission sponsored the Nellie Mack Project to perform, entertain and inform South Side Elementary students on musical roots found in Mississippi in honor of Black History Month.
Peggy Brown, market coordinator for the Central Mississippi Blues Society, asked the students if they knew of a famous musician who was born West Point. Students knew the answer was Chester Arthur Burnett, “Howlin Wolf.”
“Everyone in West Point is very lucky to live in the hometown of such an important musical figure,” said Brown. “Mississippi is the birthplace of American music. We think the blues began in the Delta, we know country music was born in Meridian with Jimmie Rodgers, and most people credit Elvis Presley from Tupelo for the being the father of rock and roll. Others think it began with Blind Roosevelt Graves in Hattisburg. All these artists attest that Mississippi has a rich musical history.”
Brown said that people come from all over the world to visit the Mississippi Blues Trail and museums that contain the history of music born right here.
The Nellie Mack Project, part of the MAC, came to play for the students, focusing on the blues during this visit.
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