Delta Dreams is a story that is told primarily by a cross section of the men and women, young and old, who live in the community. They include planters and farmers, businessmen and teachers, high schools and college students, working people and small business owners, community leaders and people trying to escape poverty. The program presents a portrait of the area as it was in its glory day, a description of how and why it declined, the formation of a plan for recovery by the community in conjunction with Southern Bancorp and the Walton Foundation; the efforts of local people to start new businesses including building tourism around the town’s history and tradition of music; the troubled and present racial history of the community; and the efforts to overcome the devastating effects of poverty through education.
Major funding for this program was provided by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation uses its resources to build and sustain strong communities for all Arkansans by supporting and strengthening the organizations that serve them.