Posted by Sean Flynt on 2008-09-19

The Samford Democrats student association will begin a lecture series on Monday, Sept. 22 starting at 6 p.m. in Brock Forum.

The first lecturer will be former Alabama State Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor Bill Baxley. The Birmingham attorney will discuss the Civil Rights Movement and how it transformed the political landscape in the American South. He had a unique role in the movement, as he prosecuted Robert Chambliss for the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing of 1963. He was also the first Democratic candidate for Governor to lose the race since 1872. He was the youngest Attorney General ever to be elected in the State of Alabama.

U.S. Congressman Artur Davis will speak on Monday, Oct. 27.

University of Alabama law professor and Beeson Divinity School alumna Susan Pace Hamill will speak on Monday, Nov. 10.

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.