It might be hard for most of the population to remember those long forgotten days of the early 1950’s in America, when American apartheid was going strong. In our year, we listen to Lady Gaga; Kelly Clarkson and the likes of rappers such as Jay Z. Rock n’ Roll has been superseded by various beat styles, included the aforementioned rap. In the early 1950’s, that style of rock n’ roll was in its infancy, and it was born in a city named Memphis, Tennessee. And that style of African-American honky-tonk grew into American music today.
So we take a tour down to Beale Street in Memphis, where we find a Black honky-tonk club, featuring Felicia Farrell, an exquisite and talented singer. In those days—listen up—Blacks and Whites were segregated. They didn’t eat in the same restaurants; they didn’t go potty in the same bathrooms. They were beat up if they dated out of the race. They were lynched. They stayed by themselves. This was the way it was, and Blacks knew their place in White America. Continue reading