Hiyoo! Today on the blog, I conclude my recap of my recent research trip to Memphis. In this post, you will find out if Beale St. is really as fun as everyone makes it out to be and why the National Civil Rights Museum should be on your list of museums to visit. Read on, fellow readers/bloggers! 🙂
Day 3: Presenting @NCUR, Bar-B-Que & Night on Beale St.
Friday was our most eventful day since we presented our research at the conference and spent the night on the town after. Armed with our research poster and business casual clothing, we made our way to the University of Memphis to share our findings with everyone. Looking back now, I had a wonderful time explaining our experiment and findings to those that stopped by our poster. While a majority of people had heard of Kinesio Tape, many were surprised to learn that the tape does not affect muscle recruitment. Basically, what we found was that using KT Tape solely to enhance muscle performance is not effective because our results weren’t significant enough to prove that it does have an effect. I am really thankful that I had this opportunity to travel to Memphis and present my research because it made me realize that research is a passion of mine and I hope to build more on it in the future.
After we presented, we went back to the hotel to look for a place to eat dinner. We decided on going to Corky’s Bar-B-Que. Honestly, I have nothing but praise for this restaurant. The waitstaff was so welcoming, the food was delicious, and the prices weren’t expensive at all. I ordered a bar-b-que pulled pork sandwich with a side of hush puppies and my bill was less than $10! The portion size was very generous, I could barely finish what I ordered. If you are in Memphis and are on the market for some good food at an awesome price, check out Corky’s!
Later that day, my team and I decided to celebrate by hitting the night on the town. A common place to visit that was recommended by our Lyft drivers was to go to Beale St at night. To say that Beale St is lively on a Friday night is an understatement. Beale St on a Friday night is LIT, literally! The street is closed off, allowing visitors to walk around and bar hop, but at night, the lights illuminate the atmosphere. It kind of reminded me of a mini Vegas strip. The live music and street performers truly made Beale St feel like the Southern version of Las Vegas. Because of NCUR, a ton of students were there to celebrate, drink, and dance the night away. My girl friends and I went to two clubs and danced the night away. We went to Club 152 and Jerry Lee Lewis; both had live DJs and both played Top 40, Hip-Hop, and a little bit of EDM. I gotta say though, when we were at Jerry Lee Lewis, it was so crowded that whenever the beat dropped and people started to jump, I thought the floor was about to give out (and we were on the second floor!). I’ll be honest and admit that the Memphis music scene (hip-hop wise) doesn’t even compare to California’s, but I commend the DJs for trying.
Day 4: Final Day of NCUR, Visiting National Civil Rights Museum & Memphis Zoo
With NCUR coming to an end, we attended the last plenary speeches. The first speaker was Terri Lee Freeman, the president of the National Civil Rights Museum. In the beginning of her speech, she explained the role of the museum is not only to share the culture and lessons from America’s Civil Rights Movement, but to also serve as a starting point and inclusive center welcome for all people to peacefully protest the injustices occurring. Throughout her speech Ms. Freeman talked about the importance of civil rights and political awareness and how both are imperative in order to progress society. Ms. Freeman emphasized that understanding opposing viewpoints, instead of naively putting your own opinions as the only viewpoint, is important in creating social change. I thoroughly believe this because if you don’t know or understand why different people have various convictions, you’ll never truly know if your own convictions are true in your mind. I thought this was a nice prelude to the second speaker, Daphene R. McFerren. McFerren is the executive director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. Not only did McFerren build on the points that Freeman made, but she even made calls to action to motivate and inspire us to be proactive in being socially and culturally aware. Freeman gave documentary recommendations, such as 13th by Ava DuVernay and encouraged us to talk with people that have different opinions.
I think it would be fair to say that we came out of the plenary inspired, because the next thing we did was visit the National Civil Rights Museum. I truly love visiting museums. Whether it be a science or art museum, there is something about witnessing art and learning about new concepts that I find cathartic. I am very glad we decided to go to the National Civil Rights Museum because I had never have I felt so angry, sad, yet motivated by the experience. Seeing the various exhibits and pictures illustrating the protests, violence, and struggle drew many parallels with what is going on today. If you don’t acknowledge the fact that history is repeating itself, then you need to check your privilege and change your perspective by taking yourself out of it and try to understand it from a different viewpoint. I really do believe that the National Civil Right Museum is a must see in Memphis because the experience is truly enlightening.
Later in the afternoon, a friend and I went to visit the Memphis Zoo. It was a pretty relaxed afternoon seeing the various animals. It was here where I realized how heavy the Southern accent can be. The majority of the visitors were (I would assume) locals and their families. During my visit there, I couldn’t help but think if my Californian accent sounds just as strong to them as their accent did to me. It’s common to think that we don’t have an accent because we’re used to hearing it, but in reality, we have much of an accent as other people from different regions.
Day 5: Returning Home
The trip back home included a layover in Dallas and then straight to Sacramento. It was pretty uneventful, but I got a taste of “Everything is bigger in Texas” when I was at the Dallas airport. During our layover, I got hungry and went to Dunkin Donuts to get breakfast. They have a combination special that includes two donuts, a small order of tater tots, and a small coffee (hot or iced) for just $4.99! The amount of food in this combo is pretty mind blowing but what really got me was the size of my iced coffee. My small iced coffee would be considered a large by California standards and definitely an extra large by Philippine standards (and I don’t think that exists there tbh).
So that concludes my Memphis trip! Although it took me about 1.5 months to get around to writing it, I finished! I enjoy writing trip recaps because it allows me to express my creative energy and look back at my adventures. Now that I have graduated from college, I have more time to devote to my blog by going on more adventures and develop my writing. Speaking of traveling more, I am visiting London and Rome with my family next Month! I AM SO EXCITED, can’t you tell?! 🙂
Peace, love, and blessings,