THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM PROGRAMMING
WHEN: Friday, October 20, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: National Civil Rights Museum
Few forget the powerful impression they sense in visiting the National Civil Rights Museum, housed in the Lorraine Motel, the site of the Rev. Martin Luther King's assassination. This year, the facility will host two powerful programs during the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents.
• Police Conduct, The Law and The Community: Civil Rights in the 21st Century
In the wake of the events of 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri, and other instances of police-involved deaths, issues of police misconduct, police-community relations, and effective law enforcement have increasingly occupied the public mind. Led by a veteran federal prosecutor with national experience in police misconduct investigations, prosecutions, and monitorships, this program will bring together national leaders of the law enforcement community, policymakers, and civil rights experts to discuss the current state of issues that relate both to police misconduct and overall trust and understanding between law enforcement and the communities they protect and, finally, what lawyers and bar associations might be able to contribute.
• Chief Theron Bowman, Texas
• Jeffrey S. Rosenblum, Rosenblum and Reisman
• Roy L. Austin, Harris Wiltshire & Grannis
• Steve Parker, Butler Snow (Moderator)
• Politics, Memory and Monuments
For years, in many communities across the South, discussions about how we memorialize the past have continued. In the wake of Charleston and Charlottesville, these debates have reached a new pitch. Lawyers, as part of our communities, have played and do play a role in these discussions. We’ll explore the limits and possibilities of these discussions, including whether lawyers and bars have a role in them.
• A C Wharton, The A C Wharton Group LLC
Programming at Graceland Guest House
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 9:15 a.m.
WHERE: The Guest House at Graceland
What's a trip to Memphis without a visit to Graceland? Thousands of Elvis fans make the pilgrimage to see the mansion where the King of Rock 'n' Roll lived and made music. You can too. We’ll start out at the new Guest House at Graceland, with programming on Memphis music from some of the top experts in the country, then offer optional tours of the Graceland mansion and all the Elvis Presley compound.
• Sam Phillips and the Birth of Rock ‘N’ Roll
Many know the outlines, or even the details, of the rise and life of The King, but fewer know the role of Sam Phillips, the creative force behind Sun Records and so many other icons of American music. Think: Johnny Cash, Sleepy John Estes, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, The Prisonaires, Charlie Rich, Rufus Thomas, Ike Turner.
At this session, nationally acclaimed writer and cultural historian Peter Guralnick will discuss his recently published book "Sam Phillips, The Man Who Invented Rock and Roll." The author of the critically-acclaimed Elvis Presley biographies "Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley," and “Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley,” Guralnick has been called “a national resource” by critic Nat Hentoff for work that has argued passionately and persuasively for the vitality of this country’s intertwined black and white musical traditions.
Joining Guralnick on stage will be the Memphis Grammy Award-winning writer Robert Gordon, whose documentary works range from "Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story" to "Best of Enemies," a film about the enmity between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal. His first book, "It Came From Memphis," careens through the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, riding shotgun with the weirdoes, winos and midget wrestlers who were the forces that created rock and roll. More recently, he has authored “Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters.”
• Peter Guralnick
• Robert Gordon
• Elvis: His Impact on the Law
Celebrated Memphis writer, lawyer, and past TBA President Bill Haltom guides us through the dramatic and varied impact that The King of Rock 'n Roll had on the development of the law, in Tennessee and elsewhere.
• Bill Haltom, Lewis Thomason
• Blanchard Tual, Tual Graves PLCC
• Barry Ward