As B. B. King is laid to rest Saturday in Indianola, we wanted to share footage from the 2004 Blues Today Symposium when the Center named King an Honorary Professor of Southern Studies. Charles Reagan Wilson, then Director of the Center, conveys the honor.

Greg Johnson of the Blues Archive did a public interview with King at that symposium too. Read Greg’s reflections of that day here.

Thanks to SouthDocs for making the footage available.

B.B. King named Honorary Professor of Southern Studies, 2004 from The Southern Documentary Project on Vimeo.