In cooperation with our continuing commitment to preserving and imparting Alabama Black Belt’s rich history and diverse cultural heritage, BBTCAC proudly offers the following events scheduled for November 3rd. Distinguished scholar Dr. Wayne Flynt and acclaimed composer-singer Kate Campbell will engage audiences in narrative and songs based on the history, culture, and mores of the South. Their performances will illustrate how people and place are interconnected through history, culture, politics, and traditions.


Kate Campbell is an acclaimed folk artist whose music has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition,All Things Considered, Car Talk, and Mountain Stage. Her most recent album, 1000 Pound Machine, includes Muscle Shoals ace David Hood and the voices of legendary folk musicians Emmylou Harris and Sloan Wainwright.

As a young adult, Campbell first studied Southern history and music at Samford University in Birmingham. She continued to explore Southern issues — including race, religion and the area’s strong sense of place — as a graduate student at Auburn University. Her thesis, on the pacifist Rev. Charles R. Bell Jr. of Anniston, was written under the guidance of an influential professor, Wayne Flynt.

She’s remained in contact with Flynt, scheduling performances together when they can, where “we talk about the South as a part of the United States that’s intriguing,” Campbell says. “It’s like, What’s going on here? Why are we so distinct? Why do we have all these Rhodes Scholars and all this poverty? We open it up for questions and dialogue with the audience. The takeaway isn’t planned; there is no set list. It all depends on how the conversation goes that night.”

Dr. Wayne Flynt is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian, distinguished Professor of History at Auburn University and author/coauthor of eleven books, including Alabama in the Twentieth Century; Alabama Baptists: Southern Baptists in the Heart of Dixie; Poor But Proud: Alabama’s Poor Whites; Alabama: The History of a Deep South State; and Taking Christianity to China: Alabama Missionaries in the Middle Kingdom, 1850-1950, and most recently, Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People,Extraordinary Lives. He has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the Lillian Smith Book Award, the Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing, the

James F. Sulzby Book Award (twice), and the Alabama Library Association Award for nonfiction (twice).

A program will be held for area high school students in grades 9-12 from 10-11am. Flynt and Campbell will offer students a collaborative exchange of stories and songs.


Dr. Flynt’s book, Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, will be the feature of early afternoon events.

A Book Signing will be held at BBTCAC
from 12:00-1:30 pm.

Black Belt Reads will join Flynt for an afternoon book club meeting from 3:30-4:30 pm.
New Members are invited to attend!

Flynt’s book is a historical memoir that chronicles his life’s work and efforts in raising the social awareness and conscience of the Alabama public, covering his childhood through his career as an eminent history professor at Auburn University.


The final presentation will be a program given by Flynt and Campbell in the Black Belt Art House, located at 209

Claiborne Street in Camden, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

This program will focus on the inter-relations of Alabama history and the songs of Kate Campbell. Dr. Flynt will explain the historical and political backgrounds, and Campbell will sing the songs that grew out of those historical, political, or cultural events.


These events will be offered at No Charge to the public thanks to generous grant funding from the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Additional program support will be provided by the Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center Guild, Black Belt Community Foundation, Community Foundation of South Alabama, and the Daniel Foundation of Alabama.

For more information, or to RSVP, please email or call (334) 682-9878.

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