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.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.