Studs Terkel and Charles Morgan Jr.
April 6, 1997
Irma B. Moore Hall Auditorium
If Studs Terkel did not exist, some suitable qualified supernatural authority would have to intervene and invent him. And that, admittedly, would be a demanding task.
—John Kenneth Galbraith
Aptly described as WFMT's "free spirit," Studs Terkel revels in life. He has, since graduating from the University of Chicago law school in 1934, been a civil service employee; stage, radio, and movie actor; playwright; jazz columnist; disc jockey; panel moderator; firm narrator; music festival host; radio news commentator and sportscaster; lecturer; network television personality (“Stud's Place,” “The Great American Dream Machine”); and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. For more than 40 years he has been heard on Chicago's fine arts radio station, WFMT, where each weekday he hosts “The Studs Terkel Show.” This hour belongs to Studs to comment on the day or the world; interview a well-known personality or a schoolteacher; play a jazz record; read a folk story; or just talk for an hour. The show has won the Peabody Award.
Studs Terkel is also a world-class interviewer. We all heard his latest book, Coming of Age: The story of Our Century by Those Who've Lived It, read by “The Radio Reader” on public radio. The Good War: An Oral History of World War II won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. Terkel has also won the Irita Van Doren Book Award, the Clarence Darrow Commemorative Award, the Prix Italia,three Ohio State Awards, three Major Armstrong Awards, and the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting.
Mr. Terkel is the author of eleven books, many of which came from his extensive interviews, including Giants of Jazz, Division Street: America, Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression, Working: People Talking About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, Talking To Myself: A Memoir of My Times, American Dreams: Lost and Found, Chicago, and Race: How Blacks & Whites Think & Feel About the American Obsession.
Charles Morgan, Jr.
Charles Morgan, Jr., was Director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Southern Regional Office and principal trial attorney in numerous leading cases involving the issues of “one man, one vote” and exclusion of women and minorities from jury service. He was born in 1930, raised in Birmingham and attended the University of Alabama, where he received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce and Business Administration and the LL.B. In 1964, he opened the American Civil Liberties Union Southern Regional Office in Atlanta and served as its director until 1972. He was involved in major civil rights litigation throughout the South and directed the addition of staffed ACLU affiliates in each of the southern states, and saw an increase in membership from 2,500 to approximately 25,000.
Morgan served as principal attorney in Reynold v. Sims, which established the "one-man, one-vote" principal. He represented the plaintiffs in the case that opened the University of Alabama Huntsville to minorities. He served as attorney in White v. Crook, which resulted in the integration of Lowndes County juries and declared unconstitutional the Alabama statute that excluded women from serving on juries. He also served as counsel in Lee v. Alabama, which integrated the penal systems of Alabama, and in follow up lawsuits the penal systems of South Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana. In 1972, Morgan became Director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington National Office and represented the Association of State Democratic Chairman whose telephones were tapped in the Watergate case.
Morgan has been the lawyer for the defense in some the most controversial cases of our time, including the appeal of the world heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali; the Army's court-martial of Captain Howard B. Levy and Green Beret Captain John J. McCarthy; and the Georgia Assembly's exclusion of Representative Julian Bond. He is the author of A Time To Speak, One Man One Voice, and has written numerous articles for national publication.