Grace St. Lukes School

Speaking Engagements

Overton Park History Tour Memphis

Front Street Cotton Tour

With Jimmy Ogle

I have the opportunity to speak to groups, large and small, on a regular basis. I try to approach each talk with the enthusiasm and joy of knowing that my message can encourage someone who needs it and inspire people to higher goals. I talk about Southern history, the Delta, Blues Music, photography, documenting lives, cotton culture, and lots of other things. I believe in the power of storytelling. It can change a mind, broaden a view, and bestow the priceless gift of knowledge. I want to continue to spur the conversation, to elevate the notion that we all have responsibilities when it comes to telling our stories, preserving our past and securing our future.

For speaking engagements or newsletter articles, two biographies are posted on the Biography page. There are also publicity photos at the bottom of that page. If you have problems with downloading the images, please send an email to:

Delta Symposium, University of Memphis

Elmwood Cemetery Tour

Willy Bearden

Storytelling is my business

william bearden co.  901.292.0646