How long was the Civil Rights Movement? Come hear what Pulitzer Prize winning historian Steven Hahn has to say on the topic at Auburn University at Montgomery’s 23rd annual Clifford and Virginia Durr Lecture on April 14, 6 p.m., in Taylor Center 230. A reception will follow the discussion. The event is free and open to the public.
Hahn is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History for his book, “A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration.” He writes for “The New Republic” and is currently working on two major projects: “A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World, 1830-1900” and “Colonies, Nations, Empires: A History of the United States and the People Who Made It.”
Hahn holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and has served as a visiting professor at Princeton University and Cambridge University. In 2007, he delivered the Nathan I. Huggins Lectures at Harvard University, which were subsequently published as “The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom.” He has been actively involved in projects that promote the teaching of history in public schools and making humanities education available to diverse members of the community.
In addition to the Durr Lecture, the public is also invited to Dixie Redux on April 13, when Hahn and a panel of Civil Rights historians will honor the legacy of historian Sheldon Hackney. In addition to Hahn, speakers will include Raymond Arsenault, author of “The Montgomery Bus Boycott and American Politics,” Orville Vernon Burton, “Voting Rights Then and Now,” and Patricia Sullivan, “Reflections on the Correspondence of Sheldon Hackney and C. Van Woodard.” AUM History Professor Keith Krawczynski will moderate the discussion. The event will take place at 4 p.m. in Taylor Center 230 and is free and open to the public.
Auburn Montgomery has proudly hosted the annual Durr Lecture Series on civil liberties in memory of the Durrs since 1992. Clifford Durr, who died in 1975, was a Montgomery attorney who vigorously defended the protections of the Constitution, particularly the rights of free speech and equal protection under the law. Virginia Durr, who died in 1999, was a champion for civil rights. A longtime friend of Rosa Parks, she and Mr. Durr posted bond the night of Parks’ infamous arrest – in turn, becoming co-organizers of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.