Three prominent leaders in Alabama politics will explore the "Transformation of Alabama Politics" during a program Monday (APRIL 7) at 6:45 p.m. in Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall, at Samford University.
The panel discussion, free and open to the public, is the first of several April events in the "Before You Travel On: Reflections on the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham" series sponsored by Samford University and the Birmingham Public Library.
Panelists are: Richard Arrington, Jr., Birmingham's first African-American mayor, who served five terms before retiring in 1999 and is now chairman and CEO of JennRo consulting firm; Albert Brewer, governor of Alabama during 1968 to 1971 and former lieutenant governor, who is now distinguished professor of law and government at Samford's Cumberland School of Law; and Chriss H. Doss, former Jefferson County commissioner and commission president, now director of the Center for Law and the Church at Cumberland.
Samuel L. Webb, associate professor of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will chair the panel. Webb is the author of Two-Party Politics in the One-Party South: Alabama's Hill Country, 1874-1920 and co-editor of Alabama Governors: A Political History of the State.
Also next week, Samford history professor Dr. S. Jonathan Bass, organizer of the Before You Travel On series, will discuss "Letter from Birmingham Jail" on Thursday (APRIL 10) at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. The lecture will offer reflections and readings from one of the most famous documents written in the Civil Rights Era.