As we all know Tennessee has her own version of Barack Obama by the name of Harold Ford, Jr., although it's not really an accurate analogy. Among other differences, Barack is a first generation politician where Harold is a fourth generation politician.
We in Tennessee know the family, even those of us who rarely go to Memphis, we know about Uncle Emmitt being a corrupt politician, we also know of Uncle John being recently caught with his hands in the cookie jar.
The article below explores the family history in depth that I had not read before.
See how the good ol boy network has worked for one black family in Memphis.
The Fords of Memphis