I’m from the southern United States, where I currently reside and work. I’ve got the doctorate now and looking to leave though.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
That is a tough question. The people who travel here from other countries and visit, and the few people who I know that have integrity. We rely on each other for strength and look to each other for hope. Every day we have reminders of why it’s important to support each other and cultivate in others a true sense of selflessness and empathy that guides you every day of your lives.
What turns you on creatively?
Research, revisionist history, winning against the odds, cemeteries, music, fire, beauty, and an exposed and determined manifestation of power that seems unbeatable.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
Social discourse, Contumely. Why does it always consume me?
What is your pet peeve?
The tendency of most folks to start hate groups about other hate groups.
What defines DeWayne Moore?
Serious research. Respect. If you take the time to try and learn more and understand someone or some situation, you don’t have very far to go to have respect for something besides yourself. What we lack in this world is miles of respect, which is a prerequisite of truth, and the only sturdy foundation on which we can come together in fellowship. I am also defined somewhat by the twenty-something memorials that I had a part in erecting for blues musicians in Mississippi.
Having received his master’s degree in from Middle Tennessee State University, DeWayne has spearheaded the renewed efforts of the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund, a private research and memorial organization since 2010. He completed his doctorate in History at the University of Mississippi in May 2018. He has contributed articles to Living Blues magazine out of Oxford, Mississippi, Blues & Rhythm magazine out of London, and the Frog Blues & Jazz Annual out of London, and he is revising his two monographs that expose the silences in historical scholarship pertaining to the black freedom struggle, the blues, and blues tourism in Mississippi by detailing the careers of African American activists and cultural brokers as well as the events from which blues tourism emerged in the 1970s.