Malcolm White named chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission
JANS – Malcolm White, Executive Director of Mississippi Arts Commission was recently appointed by Governor Phil Bryant as Chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission. White will serve in the position for four years. The Blues Commission is a body of eighteen appointed Commissioners representing major organizations and geographic/political regions supporting Blues initiatives throughout the state. An initiative of the Blues Commission, the Mississippi Blues Trail is the state’s most popular heritage tourism initiative, attracting visitors from across the United States and Europe to Mississippi each year. Over 154 markers have been erected throughout the state, as well as 10 markers in nine states outside of Mississippi. The first international marker will be unveiled August 3, 2012 in Notodden, Norway, opening a new chapter in the Mississippi Blues Trail story. “I am delighted to serve as chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission,” said Malcolm White. “I plan to focus my attention on the continuation of the Blues Trail development, to diversify income and to highlight the important work of the Benevolent Committee.” The Benevolent Committee was written into the original Blues Trail legislation in 2011, giving the Commission the right to give and receive monetary funds. With the help of this committee nine individuals have been given aid in times of need, including John Nolden, James “T Model” Ford and Duff Dorrough. The Mississippi Blues Trail was recently voted as “Best Heritage Trail” by AAA Southern Traveler Magazine in the “Best of the South” category. Southern Traveler is published bi-monthly and features stories on hotels, attractions, restaurants, and other interesting tips for travelers in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.