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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: October 27, 1999

Civil Rights Champion, KKK Opponent to Speak in Series

The California State University, Sacramento "Leaders and Legends" series begins Tuesday, Nov. 9 with a talk by civil rights champion and Klu Klux Klan adversary Morris Dees.

Dees, the founder of the Southern Law Poverty Center in Montgomery, Ala., has been a civil rights advocate for nearly 30 years. An attorney, he has worked on 50 federal civil rights legal cases resulting in him being targeted by white supremacist threats and hate propaganda.

In 1987, Dees secured an unprecedented $7 million jury award in federal court against the Klan on behalf of the mother of a young black man lynched by its members. Dees' center founded the hate-monitoring group Klanwatch in 1980.

Actor Wayne Rogers portrayed Dees in the 1996 film Ghosts of Mississippi about slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, whose widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, will be the second to speak in the CSUS series on Thursday, Feb. 10. Playwright and screen director Luis Valdez will wrap up the program on Sunday, April 9.

All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom. Tickets are $10 and $5 for students and are available at the Central Ticket Office, 278-4323. The series is sponsored by the CSUS Multi-Cultural Center, UNIQUE Programs and Associated Students.


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