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Bethel Members, White, Eskew to Explore 'Memorializing the Civil Rights Movement'

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.


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