B. Brian Foster, Ph.D, is a writer and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. His latest book, I Don’t Like the Blues: Race, Blues and the Backbeat of Black Life, explores the issues of race and place while looking at efforts to revitalize the Mississippi Delta and their impact on Black communities and Black culture. Foster has partnered with the Ford Foundation for the Summer of the South series, a collection of stories from across the American South on change-makers rewriting the narrative of the region and the country at large.