Community is key in Memphis. In some cities, you have neighborhoods and pockets of town that look hip and make for fabulous Instagram fodder — but in Grind City, it’s the people who give the place its “cool without trying” spirit.
Take Victoria Jones — community organizer, activist and long-time local. "This city has built everything on our legacy. We're set up with a reminder of what was, but you also get a chance to reflect on how far you've come." Jones is the Executive Director of The CLTV — or Collective — dedicated to elevating local African American artists, empowering black communities, and shifting the culture of Memphis through arts-based programming, workshops and community building. The CLTV’s CMPLX is a fabulous black art gallery hosting the works of Memphis natives, and a studio space for creators. As an inspired and inspiring leader in Memphis, Victoria’s roots give visions of the city’s remarkable future and you, traveler, some incredible art with which to interact.
For a hearty meal, smooth hooch, country hits, and one heck of a history lesson, head south of the Mason-Dixon line to Tennessee. You won’t be disappointed in this Southern state with roots that propel it forward.