Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell to speak at Miles College in Fairfield on Monday as part of new lecture series

Feb 20, 2014
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FAIRFIELD, Alabama -- U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, will speak at Brown Hall on the campus of Miles College in Fairfield on Monday at 11 a.m., according to a news release from the school.

Sewell's address will be the first presentation in the new George T. French Jr. Lyceum Speakers Series at Miles. French is the current president of the college.

The congresswoman's speaking engagement is also part of the school's celebration of Black History Month.

Sewell earned her own place in black history in 2010, when she became the first African-American woman elected to Congress from the state of Alabama.

Following Sewell's address, there will be an unveiling of the college's new Civil Rights Markers in Centennial Park in front of Brown Hall.

Numerous Miles College graduates are expected to attend the ceremony, including Dr. Jonathan McPherson and Dr. Frank Dukes, according to the release.

McPherson and Dukes earned their places in the history of the college and of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham in 1962 when they helped create the famous selective buying campaign that attempted to force concessions on integration from white merchants in downtown Birmingham.

McPherson was a Miles faculty member at the time, and Dukes was the president of the Student Government Association.

The French Lyceum Speakers Series, patterned after the W.E.B. DuBois Lectures at Harvard University, will recognize people of outstanding achievement who contribute to a better understanding of African-American life, history and culture, the release states.

The Du Bois Lectures were established in 1981 with funding from the Ford Foundation, according to the web site for the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard.

They are named after the legendary African-American leader and Harvard graduate who helped found the NAACP.

The lectures at Harvard have featured such luminaries as Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Birmingham native and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.  

Miles College is located at 5500 Myron Massey Blvd. in Fairfield.

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