Fred D. Gray, president of the Alabama State Bar, will speak at the annual Thurgood Marshall dinner Thursday (FEB. 20) at 6:30 p.m. at The Club. The event, open to the public, is sponsored by the Black Law Students Association at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University.
Gray, a Tuskegee civil rights lawyer, is author of his autobiography, Bus Ride to Justice. He was lawyer for Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Montgomery bus boycott, the Tuskegee syphilis study, the desegregation of Alabama schools and the 1965 Selma march.
He is the first black elected to head the 13,700-member state attorneys' group.
Tickets are $25. Reservations are necessary and may be made by calling 726-2444 by Tuesday, Feb. 18. Proceeds will support the J.W. Ellison scholarship at Cumberland.
The late Thurgood Marshall was the first black justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.