Amplifying the Voices of Black Southerners with Larry T. Robinson

  • David Plazas is the Opinion and Engagement Director for USA TODAY Network Tennessee.

Kudzu is an invasive vine that has infiltrated the South, but it is also a metaphor for the elements that connect the various communities in the region.

When Larry T. Robinson was traveling from his hometown of Memphis to Birmingham and then to Atlanta, he decided to adopt his company name, KUDZUKIAN, which is an independent virtual event production company.

The goal was to amplify the voices of black people in the south because there is already so much attention on the east and west coasts.

His company has produced video and audio events, including podcasts, for national entities and municipalities. Robinson said his business focuses on leading a community as the Shelby County government.

Larry T. Robinson

In September, KUDZUKIAN produced the MEmphis Education Fund “Eradicating the Odds” Conference.

In this episode of the Tennessee Voices podcast, Robinson opened up about his journey from college chemistry to entrepreneur. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry, but when he accompanied his wife to his public relations conferences, he said he fell in love with marketing.

His company was producing digital experiences before COVID-19, but the pandemic has accelerated the pace and scope of its work.

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David Plazas is the Director of Opinion and Engagement for USA TODAY Network Tennessee and a member of the Editorial Board of The Tennessean. Tweet him on @davidplazas.

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