Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-02-21

Birmingham Historical Society director Marjorie L. White and members of Bethel Baptist Church will join historian and author Glenn T. Eskew to discuss "Memorializing the Civil Rights Movement" at Samford University Monday (FEB. 24). The public is invited to the 6:30 p.m. event in Brock Forum.

Eskew, a Birmingham native and history professor at Georgia State University, is the author of But for Birmingham: The Local and National Movements in the Civil Rights Struggle. His current research examines memorialization efforts in many southern cities.

White is co-editor of Birmingham's Revolutionaries: Fred Shuttlesworth and the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights.

Bethel Baptist Church, which Rev. Shuttlesworth served as pastor, was the setting for memorable violent events of the civil rights era in Birmingham.

Church members and the historical society are working to have Bethel designated a National Historical Landmark.

The program is part of the "Before You Travel On: Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement" series sponsored by the Samford history department and the Birmingham Public Library. The Samford chapter of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society is assisting with Monday's event.

For information, call the Samford history department at 726-2858.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.