Throughout his adult life, Rev. Wendell Paris, Sr. has been involved in a leadership capacity in a variety of organizations and efforts that promote not only civil rights, but also economic development designed to sustain communities that are typically comprised of lower-income minorities.
Isabel Rubio serves as executive director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!), a nonprofit organization that facilitates the social, civic and economic integration of Hispanic individuals and families through its educational, leadership-development programs. Greatly influenced by the struggle for civil rights in her native Mississippi, Rubio founded the coalition.
“Songs Inside The Box,” the cigar box guitar documentary was shown as a part of the 2017 New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival. The three-day event began on Thursday, January 19th at New Orleans Jazz Museum in the Old U.S. Mint, with a special New Orleans premiere screening.