East Tupelo, Miss., birthplace of Elvis

Photo by Andy Brack, May 4, 2016.

Photo by Andy Brack, May 4, 2016.

If you’re in northeastern Mississippi, it’s hard NOT to stop in Tupelo to visit the two-room birthplace of superstar Elvis Presley.

Tupelo, in the news still for the fatal shooting of a black man who ran from a car by a white police officer, is a growing city of 35,000 people, 59 percent of whom are white and 37 percent of whom are black.  People living in poverty, as Elvis did when he was a boy, comprise about 20 percent of the population.