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April 1989 UM Conference, "The Civil Rights Movement and the Law"

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Friday, April 7, 2017 - 2:15pm


Jennifer Ford

On March 31-April 2, 1989 The University of Mississippi held "The Civil Rights Movement and the Law: A National Symposium" to examine and assess the effects of civil rights litigation on contemporary law and society. The event was coordinated and sponsored by the University of Mississippi's School of Law and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture who received grant support from the Ford Foundation. Participants in the symposium included lawyers and judges who participated in many of the landmark cases of the Civil Rights Movement.  Among the many participants were two judges of the former United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Elbert P. Tuttle and John Minor Wisdom) and three participants on both sides of the integration drama at Ole Miss in 1962 (John Doar, Constance Baker Motley, and Charles Clark).

The front and first interior pages of the symposium's program featured below are from the Department of Archives & Special Collections' Race Relations Collection.

Program "The Civil Rights Movement and the Law"Interior page from the program of "The Civil Rights Movement and the Law" Symposium