The St. Louis Blues: Music, Migration, and the Movement




St. Louis, MO


July 14-20, 2024; July 21-27, 2024


1 week


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




The St. Louis Blues: Music, Migration, and the Movement examines the relationships between blues music, migration, and race relations in urban environments. St. Louis has been home to several of the most influential composers and performers of 20th and 21st-century music: Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, W.C. Handy’s iconic St. Louis Blues, Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode and Ike and Tina Turner’s A Fool in Love. These contributions of Black genius stand in contrast to the urban history of discrimination and displacement, which makes St. Louis a crucial site for studying race relations during the 20th and 21st centuries.

Project Director(s)

Erin Simon; Tori Fenemor

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Clarice Thomas, Geoff Ward, Pricilla Dowden-White, Bernie Hayes, Lauren Parks, Lois Conley, Adeyemi Doss

Grantee Institution

National Blues Museum