Rénard Harris was born and raised in Mississippi. While pursuing his master's in education from the University of Tennessee and later his doctorate, he played in a local blues band. Engaging in his two passions, education and the blues, he became interested in the blues as a culture and the way the music told a story. He found the blues to be empowering, cathartic, and communal. As an educator in the social studies, he discusses characteristics of the blues that gave voice to the marginalize.
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