Durr Lecture Series Brightens City’s Intellectual Climate

Auburn University at Montgomery’s (AUM) Clifford J. Durr Lecture series continues to attract distinguished thinkers. Studs Terkel and Charles Morgan, Jr. spoke at the 1997 lecture. They told many wonderful stories about their experiences with Virginia and Clifford Durr. Through their anecdote laden speeches, the two long time friends of the Durrs also exposed . . . → Read More: Durr Lecture Series Brightens City’s Intellectual Climate

Thompson’s Remarks Lincolnesque

In his 1863 Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln said: “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it will never forget what they did here.” The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Frank M. Johnson Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse Annex on 12 November 1996 reminded this columnist of Mr. Lincoln’s . . . → Read More: Thompson’s Remarks Lincolnesque

Heroic Act: Floyd Mann Stood Out Among Alabama Lawmen

Traditionally, during Black History month, the spotlight is on Americans with African ancestry. It is this exclusive aspect of black history month that continues to trouble this columnist. The quandary is this: how do we recognize an acknowledged hero of the civil rights movement even though he claimed no African ancestry.

On May 20, . . . → Read More: Heroic Act: Floyd Mann Stood Out Among Alabama Lawmen

Nation Gets Closer to King’s Dream

Thirty years ago, a quarter million Americans marched onto the mall at the Capitol in Washington D.C. They were demonstrating for equal rights for the class of Americans the constitution refers to as “other persons.” Gathered at the Lincoln Memorial, they heard a young Baptist preacher speak. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, . . . → Read More: Nation Gets Closer to King’s Dream

A Birthday Tribute to Virginia Foster Durr

Virginia Durr at her birthday party in 1993

Studs Terkel characterized Virginia Foster Durr in the introduction to her autobiography, Outside The Magic Circle, as a “well brought-up Southern white woman” who stepped outside the magic circle, abandoned privilege, and challenged the traditional Southern way of life. Were it not for Virginia’s work . . . → Read More: A Birthday Tribute to Virginia Foster Durr

Union Springs Women of Courage

Mrs. Virginia Durr (left) seated next to Mrs. Annie Mae Turner. The painting in the background is a Union Springs Street scene, a south view along Prairie Street.

Several weeks ago, I had a rare experience. I was present while Virginia Foster Durr and Annie Mae Paulk Turner talked about growing up in . . . → Read More: Union Springs Women of Courage