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Recap - BR Blues Lagniappe

Monday, April 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Otten
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April 13, 2015


BATON ROUGE – Forum 35, Dialogue on Race Louisiana and the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation joined forces at the Baton Rouge Blues Lagniappe to screen a new Smithsonian documentary about Lead Belly at the Manship Theater on Monday, April 6, 2015.


Recap from Forum 35’s Cultural Diversity chairs, Katie Barlow & Ashley Cash:

• The movie highlighted the life of Huddie Ledbetter, or Lead Belly, who was born into poverty, battled racism, and did time, but in spite of his early hardships, became one of the great musicians of the 20th century. And did all of that right in the Greater Baton Rouge community.

• All panelists underscored the importance of Louisiana and Baton Rouge embracing the strong blues and jazz roots. They shared that it’s disappointing for cities like Memphis, St. Louis, or countries like Japan celebrating something that began in Louisiana when folks here don’t realize the significance of that history.

• Examples of things we can do included: advocate for a blues history tour, fundraise for an international blues museum to be built in Louisiana, go to the Blues Festival, and begin playing blues music at home and with young people so that it becomes apart of your culture.


Did you miss the documentary? You can view it here:


Check out WAFB’s feature on the event here:


Forum 35 is a community of young men and women improving Baton Rouge. Forum 35 is a nonprofit organization that depends on individual membership and the generosity of corporate partners including Entergy, Jones Walker, Launch Media, L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge and Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers.


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Heather Otten

Forum 35, VP of Communications

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