Friday, October 7, 2011

"Voices of the Civil Rights Division"

Via the Newsletter of the DC Circuit Historical Society we have word of a fascinating program of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the Civil Rights Division Association.
"Voices of the Civil Rights Division: Then and Now" will feature a re-enactment of closing arguments in the federal prosecution of Klan members charged with the killing in 1964 of three young civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Participating, among others, will be Drew Days, historian Taylor Branch, and former SNCC leader Bob Moses.  Other topics include a Conversation with John Doar conducted by Professor Owen Fiss, Enforcement of Civil Rights in the Alabama Black Belt in the 1960s, the Development of the Civil Rights Division's Enforcement Program on Gender Discrimination, and Civil Rights Enforcement Today.
 According to the Newsletter, the program will be held on October 28 in the Great Hall of the Department of Justice and on October 29 at the Sidwell Friends School.  For information, contact Alexander C. (Sandy) Ross at or 703-567-5579.

Thanks to John Q. Barrett, St. John's Law, for directing me to this YouTube clip of Mr. Doar discussing his preparation of his argument.