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Isaac Hayes: Black Moses Gives Back
Sat., April 9-Sun., July 31
Black Moses Gives Back is a fun and colorful exhibit and will introduce a side of Isaac Hayes that many may not be familiar with. Beyond writing hit songs for Stax artists and becoming a star in his own right, Hayes also became known for his interest in black pride and Afrocentrism. In addition to displaying the African clothing worn by Hayes, this exhibit will highlight Hayes’s philanthropic efforts in the African nation of Ghana and his hometown of Memphis.
With his success writing the musical score for Shaft in 1971 and becoming the first African American to win an Oscar for Best Song, Hayes used his fame to advocate for African American civil rights and the need to celebrate black culture. These positions eventually led him to the West African nation of Ghana, where he was made an honorary king in the Ada region and eventually started a school. Hayes also developed an extensive collection of dashikis, a traditional West African garment.