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.

 
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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.