DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY
PRESS RELEASE

Date/Time: Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 12:05 PM

Place: Milo B. Howard, Jr. Auditorium - Alabama Archives

Topic: “Hugo Black of Alabama and the American Promise of Education”

Speaker: Steve Suitts

“Hugo Black of Alabama and the American Promise of Education” will be presented by Steve Suitts at the ArchiTreats: Food For Thought program on Thursday, December 18th, at 12:05 PM in the Milo B. Howard, Jr. Auditorium at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

US Supreme Court Justice Hugo Lafayette Black
Hugo Lafayette Black

This presentation will explore the Clay County origins of Hugo Black and his appreciation of the role of education in Alabama and America. Black studied law at the University of Alabama, served in World War I, and represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate from 1927 until 1937. He was appointed Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by President Franklin Roosevelt in October of 1937. In the aftermath of the recent referendum when Alabama voters rejected Governor Bob Riley’s (another Clay County native) proposals for increased taxes and revenues for education, Suitts will offer some historical perspective about the nature of Alabama’s enduring faith in and support for education.

A native of Alabama, Steve Suitts was the founding director of the Alabama Civil Liberties Union. He served for 18 years as the executive director of the Southern Regional Council, the oldest interracial organization in the American South. Today Suitts continues to live in Atlanta where he is program coordinator of the Southern Education Foundation, which began in 1867 as the Peabody Fund, the nation’s first education foundation. Suitts is also an adjunct lecturer at the Institute for Liberal Arts of Emory University. Suitts’ biography of Hugo Black is scheduled to be published in 2004 by NewSouth Books.

The noontime (12:05 P.M.) program is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.

For more information call (334) 242-4363, ext. 235.



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Alabama Department of Archives & History
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Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435
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