"Bluesman" Dale Bumpers to Speak at Delta Blues Symposium

MARCH 10, 2004 - Posted at 2:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - We're not sured if he's ever played a single cord of blues on a Gibson Les Paul like B.B. King's 'Lucille,' but former U.S. Senator and Arkansas Governor Dale Bumpers will be the featured lecturer at Delta Blues Symposium X: The 1950's, to be held on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro.

His lecture, "Brown vs. Board of Education and the Damage of Delays" will be delivered at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 at Fowler Center.

Bumpers, who grew up and practiced law in Charleston, Arkansas, will elaborate on portions of his book, "Best Lawyer in a One Lawyer Town," which covers his life before entering politics.

Bumpers was first elected to the Senate in 1974, and subsequently served four terms.  Previously, he served two terms as Governor of Arkansas.

Delta Blues Symposium X is sponsored by the Department of English & Philosophy at ASU.