Dear Educator: Welcome to Take Me To The River, a documentary film that celebrates the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation.

The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday.

Take Me to The River features Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dog, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more.

We hope you will find the film a useful teaching tool for raising awareness with your students about:

  • The significance of inter-generational and inter-racial collaboration.
  • The historical context of the Memphis music scene in its heyday and today.
  • The musical elements and backbone of the Memphis sound.
  • The ways in which individuals make an impact on music, culture and history.

“A musical celebration and Memphis history lesson filled with legendary artists new and old…” – Billboard

Make cross-curricular
connections in music, the arts, history, social studies, civics, and media and studies.

Develop skills in music analysis and creativity, music performance and composition, critical thinking, communication, and political analysis.

Accommodate a variety of
learning styles.

Engage in inquiry-based and
experiential learning.

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We welcome your ideas! Please send us your suggestions for using the film with your students
and we'll share some of them on the website.

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Recommended for grades 6 and up.