Each week in 2017, MPB is recognizing our state’s bicentennial year with “Mississippi: A Thread Through Time,” a new series of one-minute documentaries.
Each week, we’ll follow another thread in the rich tapestry of our state’s history. Some of the stories will be familiar; others will be amazing. Many will be serious, and a few will be on the lighter side.
New episodes premiere each Sunday in 2017 on MPB Television, MPB Think Radio and on mpbonline.org.
Mississippi: A Thread Through Time Jimmie Rodgers The career of Jimmie Rodgers was brief, but his influence lives on.
Jimmie Rodgers was born in Pine Springs, Mississippi in 1897. At 13 he went to work for the railroad, where he learned to play guitar, heard music from different traditions, and heard tales from men who rode the rails. Rodgers was one of the first inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and was later inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Blues Halls of Fame.Read More
Two years ago this week, legendary Blues musician B. B. King died. Born Riley B. King on a cotton plantation near Itta Bena in 1925, he was a self-taught guitarist who performed on street corners, in church choirs, and juke joints. His nickname, “B.B”, stands for “Blues Boy.”Read More
On May 4, 1961, young black and white activists left Washington, DC to travel by bus into the South. Along the way, these “Freedom Riders” would test local compliance with federal laws against racial segregation.Read More
It was this week in 1581, in the far northwestern corner of our state, that Spanish soldiers under Hernando de Soto became the first Europeans to see the Mississippi River.Read More