Beale Street


Beale Street is where W.C.Handy wrote the blues, where Boss Crump abused his power, and where Martin Luther King, Jr. marched days before his death in 1968. Beale Street has been the victim of Urban Renewal, and we went to the original Beale Streeters who knew and loved it best in the making of our oral history, including B.B. King, the Hooks Brothers, Bobby Blue Bland, Prince Gabe, Maurice "Fess" Hulbert, Nate D. Williams and Rufus Thomas.


Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Ernest Withers
Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The memories that we have—we older ones that's been around—the contributions that, you know, have gone out to the world from this place-they sure shouldn't be left to die."
- B.B.King

28 minutes, 3/4" video, black & white, edited 1981 from 1977-78 feature-length production co-directed by Alexis Krasilovsky, Ann Rickey and Walter Baldwin.

Category: Documentary

Plot Keywords: African-American Studies, Civil Rights Movement, History, Racism, African-American Culture, 1960s, Blues, Martin Luther King, Memphis

View clips of BEALE STREET:
"Black businesses on Beale Street" (clip)
"P.Wee's on Beale Street" (clip)
"Martin Luther King and Beale Street" (clip)

DVD Bonus feature:
- 105 minute Scholar version of Beale Street.

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