AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University students will participate in “The Mayor’s Scholars Conference” in Birmingham Sept. 12-14.
The War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, the Black Student Union, Auburn University Student Government Association and the Auburn University Lobby Board will serve as ambassadors for the Reaching Economic Justice and Building Tolerance panels during the morning session on Sept. 12.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A public symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the integration of Tuskegee High School, the result of the court case Anthony Lee, et al. v. Macon County Board of Education, will be held at the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center Aug. 23-24.
The symposium will feature several students who integrated Tuskegee High School on Sept. 2, 1963. Attorney Fred Gray, who filed and argued the case that eventually integrated all public schools in Alabama, will reflect on the case and its aftermath, including the extraordinary measures of Gov. George Wallace to block integration.
Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of Gov. George Wallace, will speak at a luncheon Saturday, Aug. 24, at noon at the historic Tuskegee High School gymnasium.
AUBURN – Journalist Earl Caldwell, who chronicled some of the most significant events of the Civil Rights Era, will speak as part of the Neil O. and Henrietta Davis Lecture Series on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. in the 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 in the College of Liberal Arts and is free to the public.
AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will present the documentary film “Dare Not Walk Alone” on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. as part of the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Following the screening of his film, producer/director Jeremy Dean will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his work as a filmmaker.
The Museum Cafe will offer its lunch menu before the movie from 5 -6 p.m. Go to www.jcsm.auburn.edu for the menu.
“Dare Not Walk Alone” uses interviews and rarely seen news footage about an incident in St. Augustine, Fla. in the mid-1960s that received worldwide publicity and may have influenced passage of the Civil Rights Act into law.
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.”
Across the United States, heritage tourism is on the rise. To promote Alabama’s unique blend of Civil Rights history and cultural traditions, Auburn University and the Alabama Department of Tourism are teaming up to develop a Civil Rights Heritage Trail in Alabama. The project aims to provide tourists with a rich travel experience by allowing access to Alabama’s Civil Rights sites through easy-to-follow routes and the inclusion of unique local restaurants, lodging and cultural amenities.
The guide will go beyond well-known Civil Rights museums to include many additional sites significant in the struggle for racial equality. Auburn University staff will work closely with the Alabama Department of Tourism to build on the department’s current Civil Rights publication.