Last night, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle brought “Memphis Soul” to the White House for a taped special airing as part of their “In Performance at the White House” series.
Barry O opened the evening with remarks about how Memphis Soul helped to create a sense of racial harmony during one of the most racially tense periods in the nation:
“Memphis, Tennessee, was segregated in the 1960s, but blacks and whites came together despite the institutional racism to create a soulful blend of gospel and rhythmic blues music that sought to ‘bridge those divides, to create a little harmony with harmony.”
Check out the speech:
The Memphis Soul broadcast will be aired on April 16 at 8 p.m on PBS.