Former Stax Records executive and Soulsville Foundation President Deanie Parker and Royal Studios owner Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell (right) with Al Bell at the University Center Theatre on the campus of the University of Memphis, where Bell, a former Stax Records executive and co-owner, singer and songwriter, was honored during a program that kicked off the observance of African American History Month at the university. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

Check out some of the many ways and reasons Memphis area residents and visitors came together in recent days.