Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Symposium: Keynote Memorial Lecture, by Morris Dees


Jan
21
2013

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  • Speaker: Morris Dees
  • Host Department: Theme Semester
  • Date: 01/21/2013
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Location: Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109  (Show map)

  • Description:

    Morris Dees was born in 1936 at Shorter, Alabama, the son of cotton farmers. As a young boy he worked the fields with blacks, witnessing first-hand social and economic depravation and Jim Crow treatment at its worse. While at the University of Alabama Law School, he met Millard Fuller. The two formed a highly successful publishing company during their time in law school. Fuller left the company in 1965 and later founded Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Dees continued the business and also began taking controversial civil rights cases. Mr. Dees sold his publishing company to a major national firm in 1970 and formed the Southern Poverty Law Center, along with Julian Bond and Joseph Levin. Early Center cases included integrating the Alabama State Troopers and desegregating the Montgomery YMCA. In 1980, the Center founded the Intelligence Project in response to resurgence in organized racist activity. The project monitors hate groups and develops legal strategies for protecting citizens from violence-prone groups. To promote acceptance and tolerance, the Center founded Teaching Tolerance in 1990. Over 80,000 schools use the project’s free videos and teaching materials and over 400,000 teachers receive the award winning Teaching Tolerance magazine. Mr. Dees is the author of three books, A Lawyers Journey, his autobiography, Hate on Trial and Gathering Storm, America’s Militia Threat. He remains actively engaged in litigation.

     

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