Dr. Wayne Flynt and Dr. Patricia Sullivan

April 5, 1998
7:30 p.m.
Irma B. Moore Hall Auditorium

(Virginia and Clifford Durr) had such a profound impact on society and cultural development in the region. Their advocacy of civil rights and racial equality in the 50s and 60s represented the kind of courage and fearlessness that one seldom saw in the South, especially among people of their social and political standing.

—John Hope Franklin



William C. Honey


Chancellor Roy Saigo

The Endowment Fund

Ann Durr Lyon

The Durr Lectures Essay Awards

Dr. Honey

Introduction of Dr. Flynt

Allen K. Hess

Wayne Flynt


Introduction of Dr. Sullivan

Dr. Honey

Patricia Sullivan


Questions and Answers

Closing Remarks

Dr. Hess

Dr. Wayne Flynt

Dr. Wayne Flynt is the Distinguished University Professor of History at Auburn University. Born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, he earned A.B., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Howard University and Florida State University.
Dr. Flynt is the author of nine books, which have won many awards. Poor but Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites, was voted Outstanding Academic Book for 1990-1991 by the American Library Association publication Choice and nominated for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize. Alabama, The History of a Deep South Statewas nominated for the 1994 Pulitzer Prize.
He was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Distinguished Authors in 1983 and named Alabamian of the Year in 1992 by theMobile Press Register.
He has been awarded numerous grants and two Woodrow Wilson fellowships and one Ford Foundation Fellowship for research and travel.
Dr. Flynt has won numerous teaching awards, including Outstanding Teacher in the School of Arts and Sciences at Auburn University twice, Professor of the Year for Alabama by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Washington, D.C., and Outstanding Professor by the Auburn University Panhellenic Council.
Dr. Flynt resides in Auburn with Dorothy, his wife of 37 years. They have two sons: David and Sean.

Dr. Patricia Sullivan

Dr. Patricia Sullivan is a fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University.
Dr. Sullivan writes and lectures on the South and on the twentieth century Civil Rights Movement.
She is the author of Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era (University of North Carolina, 1996), a study which focuses on the generation of civil rights, civil liberties, and labor activists who laid the groundwork for the civil rights gains of the 1950s and 1960s. She is completing The Letters of Virginia Foster Durr, 1951 - 1968, a one volume edited collection, which will be published by the University of North Carolina Press, and is co-editing Civil Rights in the United States, a two-volume encyclopedia, for MacMillan.
Dr. Sullivan has taught history at the University of Virginia, the University of South Carolina, and Harvard University. During the summer of 1998, Sullivan, along with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Waldo E. Martin, will co-direct their third NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty at Harvard on "Teaching the History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, 1865 to 1965."