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

What’s Wrong With Biracial Label?

In 1967, the United States Supreme Court declared state laws banning interracial marriage unconstitutional [Loving vs. Commonwealth of Virginia]. This decision opened the courthouse door for men and women of different races to marry, procreate and bring up their legitimate children anywhere in the United States. According to the 1992 U.S. Census, there are . . . → Read More: What’s Wrong With Biracial Label?

Guinier’s Public Career Not Over Yet

Major Cox and Lani Guinier. Martha's Vineyard, August 1993.

Since Lani Guinier’s failed nomination for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, she has become a celebrity. Ms. Guinier has become so famous that she hired an agent to manage her celebrity.

According to an article in the Washington Post, she receives 15 to . . . → Read More: Guinier’s Public Career Not Over Yet

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

Writing, Thinking, Guinier’s Crimes

Major Cox and Lani Guinier. Martha's Vineyard, August 1993.

Did President Clinton need to sacrifice Lani Guinier, his long time friend and Yale Law School classmate, whom he nominated to head the Justice Department’s Civil Right Division? Were her ideas, as Mr. Clinton claims, “antidemocratic and very difficult to defend?” I think not. . . . → Read More: Writing, Thinking, Guinier’s Crimes