6th Annual Cotton Kingdom Symposium--FIELD HOLLERS AND FREEDOM SONGS

Dr. C. Sade Turnipseed's picture
August 5, 2017 to October 31, 2017
Mississippi, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, African History / Studies, American History / Studies, Area Studies, Black History / Studies


The 6th Annual

Cotton Kingdom / Sweat Equity Symposium and Cotton Pickers Ball

Deadline for submissions Friday, October 20, 2017

The 6th Annual Cotton Kingdom/Sweat Equity Symposium and Cotton Pickers’ Ball shall once again take place on the Mississippi Valley State University campus and da’ House of Khafre. The Symposium is America’s premier interdisciplinary conference on the Cotton Kingdom, cotton picking/chopping/distribution, sharecropping, tenant farming and the significance of cotton to the successes of the world’s economies. This year’s theme: FIELD HOLLERS AND FREEDOM SONGS will stimulate two days of performances, discussions and celebration of the historic preservation efforts that are leading-edge research about America’s foundational values.  Plan now to join us in the Mississippi Delta (Itta Bena, MS and Indianola, MS) on NOVEMBER 9-10, 2017.


A Call for Participation (papers, performances, exhibits, etc.) is underway to attract the interest of artists, scholars, private collectors and archivists who may have access to sounds and images of the antebellum (or post-antebellum) plantation. Organizers are interested in songs and lyrics that feature cotton production or agriculture (of any form).  The theme for this year’s symposium Field Hollers and Freedom Songs features overarching topics relevant to the culture and economics of the Cotton Kingdom and the Economy of the South:

·       Culture: The visual and performing arts, including music, dance, tapestry, sculpture and paintings, burial sites, cotton fields, shotgun houses and juke joints, private land-plantations, prison farms/industrial complexes

·       Spirituality: The determined spirit to be emotionally free accommodates a shared vision to do the work that benefits the lineage of planters, sharecroppers, and benefactors alike.


The two-day Symposium begins with a special brownbag “art song/talk” session on Thursday, November 9th @ noon, featuring the highly acclaimed artists and scholars from throughout the American South. On Friday, November 10, beginning at 9:00am, there will be a full day of stimulating lectures, dramatic performances, and visual arts. Both events will take place in the Social Science Auditorium on the MVSU campus, located at 14000 Hwy 82W, Itta Bena, MS. The event concludes with a good old fashion “black-tie” (or period-piece costume) Cotton-Pickers’ Ball (an Ancestral Celebration) at da’ House of Khafre located at 300 Main St. Indianola, MS, beginning at 7:00pm.  We encourage everyone to come help us celebrate the great cultural contributions made by Cotton Pickers of the historic south.


In addition, the 3rd Annual Historical Narrative Competition (for students only) enhances this year’s offering. Special awards and prizes shall be given to the best poster representation, or Hip-Hop song about this year’s theme. Local businesses are encouraged to participate with sponsorships and gift certificates. Both the student research projects and the celebrated works of the featured artists will be on public display on the MVSU campus throughout the symposium and in da’ House of Khafre, located at 300 Main Street, in downtown Indianola, MS, thereafter. 


We are hoping that you will share your work, your ideas, and your ideals about the Southern cultural narrative with the larger academic and cultural communities. The Sweat Equity of the Cotton Kingdom Symposium is the place to do it. We look forward to welcoming you to the place where America’s Root Music and Culture was born! The deadline is Friday, October 20, 2017.


Khafre, Inc is a Mississippi-based not-for-profit 501©3 organization that is all about building monumental programs, which allow reflection, reconnection, and renewal. The agency and resistance of the cotton pickers narratives we believe will reflect on the subtle and continuing impact of cotton on the cultural life, and economic well-being of people in the Delta and throughout the South. http://www.khafreinc.org.



Contact Info: 

For More Information, Please Visit the Symposium Website, or Contact:

Dr. C.Sade Turnipseed, -- 2017 Symposium

Linda Rule, -- Cotton Pickers Ball

info@khafreinc.org ~ 662.347.8198 ~ http://cottonpickers.us/symposium/

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