Memphis, Tennennesse

The American Civil Rights struggle led to a tremendous universal change for American Africans. These struggles secured the rights in voting, education, housing, services, and employment.



These struggles did not come about without sacrifice and struggle. Dr. King rose up from Alabama leading this march in equal rights; his leadership was tragically ended with his life. The effort continues today, with significant improvement in understanding that can be seen all around us.


Not only Dr. King’s endless struggle for equal rights leveled the playing field, but music from the late 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, the birth of Blues also played a big part in bringing blacks and whites together. Music of all types seems to be universal and neutralizing angered emotions. Wiping out color, conflicting traditions, conflicting personalities, and political differences.



Starting with black and whites were share farmers together, both working the fields side by side. United in the effort for earning a good income for the support of each their families. Yes, there were many discrepancies. Each family supported the other in correcting those discrepancies.


Sharecroppers worked six days a week, evenings and weekends were spent listening, playing, and singing blues together. Music created movement, rhythm for the body and emotions bridging the separation gap of color. This bridge was not constructed without some struggle. Some groups refused to accept any differences. But these difficulties were not reserved for just one group, but to American Natives, Asians, African Americans, Irish Americans, Hispanics, the list of race and religion are still seen by these minority groups as different. Though the difference has gone from hatred to different.


Observing both of these movements, one can see many races participating together; civil rights produced a serious attitude, while jazz, blues, blues rock produced a happy clan expression.


As gospel Blues, blues and soul started to take over the land, so did segregation, intermarriage, all groups fighting for equal rights. Music was ongoing through Dr. King’s efforts, and his efforts were supported by all the various groups that were rewarded by the marches.


Visiting Memphis, and in particular visiting the Rock & Soul Museum, which was researched and compiled by the Smithsonian Institute. The Smithsonian demonstrates how this form of music played a part in reducing the gap between African Americans and Whites. With the thought of all that was achieved through artists, like BB King, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, the list is endless.


The playing field has been leveled, but the struggles for all groups still meet some minor resistance.

We all should play some Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Kipp Anderson, Etta Baker, all of them to remember that the past has created the bridge of civil rights.

Hurricane update for Denver and Mooresville, NC. These two towns are both 5 hours from the coast of NC and 3O minutes north of Charlotte.

County emergency reports of both areas last night.

Mooresville states: up to 15 inches of rain, winds (but no determination of how strong) have 72 hours of food and water.

Denver states: we are holding to make any determination of how bad the storm will affect the county, but have at least 72 hours of food, water, and prescribed medication on hand. 5 to 10 inches of rain, no flood warnings.

As of 8:38 PM Both areas upgrade winds to 25 mph, with gusts of 50 mph. Power outages should be expected along with trees falling.

We are pressing forward to retrieve our passports in White Post, VA and then 6-hour drive to Mooresville, NC.


Despair Strikes Us

The monotonous drive along I 40 was broken up with a stop and detour.
The stop in Seligman to refuel directed us to visit the small town. How many of us remember that great black & white weekly series Route 66. One of the towns, Seligman is genuinely a black & white town. Today two small but colorful sites, the Rusty Nail, and Delgadillos Snow Caps offer a break from the drive. Old structures, that once drew for Buzz and Todd of the great weekly show Route 66 to this Seligman. For those who do not remember this cool show, here is a link to “Route 66: Black November.” Route 66 Black November Still one of the coolest ‘vettes around.

Our detour was to travel north on 64 to the Grand Canyon, one of the Worlds seven wonders, it indeed is a wonder. We entered this National Park driving to Mather Point, which offers spectacular views from all different angles.


The first inhabits of the Grand Canyon were Native American’s that suddenly disappeared about 1,000 BC. By 500 AD the tribe known as the Basket Weavers occupied the area. Between 1,200 to 700 years ago the Anasei moved in building small and large Pueblo’s.



New inhabitants from 1,200 years ago to present day are Cerbat, Hualapai, Havasupai, and Navajo. These tribes are still among the population of today. They occupy much of the land from the Grand Canyon to New Mexico.

The year 1869, a one arm Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powel, formed a party of 9 men and 4 boats to travel down the Colorado River. At the start of the journey, they had no idea of the hazards they would have to traverse. The purpose of the expedition was to document the terrain, occupants, and sightings. His writings are accurate. Remaining of the party at the end of the voyage, was 2 boats and 4 men.

In 1816 Congress approved the formation of the National Parks Service with the strict direction to preserve the wonders and beauties of this land. Powell became the founding director of the Bureau of American Ethnography. Read more:
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Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter. The Grand Canyon stretches 277 miles from Lees Ferry to Grand Wash Open Desert.

June 30, 1956, United Airlines DC7 and TWA Super Constellation maneuvered around a towering cumulus cloud, in doing so the airliners collided. All 128 passengers and crew members were killed. Airline wreckage was found at Temple Butte and Chuar Butte of the Grand Canyon rim.



The first view of the Grand Canyon is breathtaking. Vast open expanse, the depth and the color mixture detailing the age of the Canyon. Looking across the wide open canyon, the visitor will notice the green crown of small pine trees covering the plateau. Scanning down the wall reveals light golden tan soils, followed by small trees and foliage. Below is a combination of golden tan and red copper soils supported by a deep copper red foundation. The floor of the canyon, 6,093 feet down, is covered with deposits of all clays, trees, and the mighty Colorado River. The river’s currents stir up the bottom soils, mixing with the water, that the river blends in with the floor soils.


The average, fast pace visitor, attempting to absorb all the sites and information within the allotted time given for their vacation, glances and walks away to the next location on their list to visit. Visitors retired should stop to observe the details in the landscape, the caverns in the wall of the canyon, the eagle gliding in search of prey, the changing of the light and shadows as the sun sets. Search long enough and with the sun shining just right on the wall, revealing a large pueblo in one of the 4,000 discovered in the borders of the park.

Entering an exiting the park, the visitor may see elk grazing on the sides of the road. Other wildlife is bobcats, California condor, coyotes, bighorn sheep, and mule deer.

Entrance fees to enter the park can be found before your visit at

Now our despair; many of us have awakened with a scary feeling that something is not right. We both realized late Friday that our passports were in the safe on the moving truck traveling ahead of us to Virginia. Why Virginia? Our furniture will be stored in Virginia at the “Mover Dudes” warehouse. Why do we care about our passports, we depart Charlotte for Spain at the end of the month.

Jodie’s genius surfaced with, “go to a post office that is open on Saturday and where they issue passports.” She opened her search engine and discovered such a Postal Office in Kingman, wow we are driving in the correct direction.

Jodie contacted the National Passport office to be informed that for each of us to obtain an expedited passport, we would have to contact San Francisco passport office, have them overnight our birth certificates to a regional office of our choice, Atlanta Georgia or Washington DC and they would take an application for replacement. Wait two weeks for them to expedite the replacement passport and pay the fee of $205 for each person.

Jodie’s other suggestion, call the Mover Dudes office and see if we could re-route our path of travel to meet the shipment at the warehouse. Allowing us to open the safe and retract our passports. We did contact them, and they said “com-on bye, glad to help.”

Change in our journey to North Carolina will incorporate a visit to White Post, VA.

A stop in Winslow, AZ got us singing all the Eagle songs. It is a must stop with an excellent hotel for those who take the Eagles seriously.