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Civil Rights activist Morris Dees featured in Diversity Series

News Release — 2 October 2009


Media contact: Timothy R. Brown, (817) 272-9208,

ARLINGTON - Civil rights activist Morris Dees, who founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be The University of Texas at Arlington's Diversity Lecture Series speaker Wednesday, Oct. 7. 

The 7 p.m. event will be at the Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 West First Street.

Dees will speak about hate crimes, economic disparities, the need for tolerance and share why he became an attorney and established the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971.

Known for his vigorous pursuit of civil rights crimes and legal battles with the Ku Klux Klan, White Aryan Resistance and the Aryan Nations, Dees is SPLC's chief legal counsel.

The SPLC monitors hate groups and tracks extremist activity throughout the country and provides comprehensive updates to law enforcement, the media and the public.

Dees has received numerous awards in conjunction with his work. Trial Lawyers for Public Justice named him Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1987. Dees also received the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award from the National Education Association in 1990.

Colleges and universities have recognized his accomplishments with honorary degrees. The University of Alabama gave Dees its Humanitarian Award in 1993.

In 1972, he served as Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern's finance director and also served as former President Jimmy Carter's national finance director in 1976. In 2001, the National Education Association bestowed its highest honor on Dees, the Friend of Education Award.
He has authored several books, including his latest A Lawyer's Journey: The Morris Dees Story.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Visit utatickets for tickets.

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