Civil rights journalist Stallworth to be speaker for AU’s Davis lecture series

AUBURN – Journalist Clarke Stallworth, this year’s speaker for the Neil O. and Henrietta Davis Lecture Series, will give a talk about what was happening in Alabama during the height of the civil rights movement and how it was portrayed in the state’s newspapers. The event will be on Thursday, March 27, at 5 p.m., in the Dixon Auditorium at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The lecture series is sponsored by Auburn University’s Department of Communications and Journalism and is open to the public.

“The journalists who covered the civil rights movement are a treasure of important historical information,” said John Carvalho, director of the Auburn University journalism program. “Mr. Stallworth and his colleagues were in the middle of a situation that had all the markings of a great story: conflict, impact, constant change. Their professional response to the situation is a model for young journalists.”

During Stallworth’s 42-year newspaper career, he has won numerous awards for his coverage of Alabama stories as the corruption and murder trials in Phenix City, Ala., in the mid-1950s and the administrations of Governors James “Big Jim” Folsom, John Patterson and George C. Wallace. He was city editor of the Birmingham News during the years when the city was known as “Bombingham.” His longstanding column, “A Day in the Life of Alabama,” later became the title of a book by the same name.

The Davis Lecture Series was established in 1996 to honor the late Neil O. and Henrietta Davis and to encourage excellence in journalism. Both Auburn graduates, the Davises founded, reported for and edited the Lee County Bulletin for more than 40 years. Neil Davis was a Nieman Fellow whose editorials appeared in publications including The New York Times. Both have been inducted into the Alabama Press Association’s Hall of Honor.

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