The event includes a literary conference with lectures, scholar panels, film screenings, live drama and porch plays, tours of Clarksdale's historic district, an elite student acting competition, gospel and blues music, and gourmet Southern cuisine. 

The celebration honoring America's great playwright is free, open to the public and funded in part hy the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Humanities Council, State Tourism's Visit Mississippi, Visit Clarksdale, local businesses and individuals. 

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