Lectures & Events

Durr Lecture Series

Clifford J. and Virginia Foster Durr

Auburn Montgomery proudly hosts the annual Durr Lecture Series on civil liberties in memory of Clifford and Virginia Durr. Clifford J. Durr (1899-1975) was a native Montgomerian who vigorously defended the protections of the U.S. Constitution, particularly the rights of free speech and equal protection of the law. Durr stood by his principles in the face of extreme adversity during the Civil Rights Era. Virginia Durr was a champion for civil rights. She was a member of the NAACP and a longtime friend of Rosa Parks, accompanying her home from jail the night of her arrest.

2016 Durr Lecture at Auburn University Montgomery

Clark Johnson

Saturday April 2 at 6:30 p.m. in 109 Goodwyn Hall

Hollywood: exploiting history for fun and profit
(and a free showing of Boycott; see below for details)

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Clark Johnson is a highly regarded actor and director. His work on television includes Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire, and Homeland.  His features films include S.W.A.T., The Sentinel, and Boycott.  Boycott is considered one of the definitive films about the historical struggle for civil rights in the U.S. It depicts how the Montgomery Bus Boycott was the result of both years of preparation and creative innovation – and illustrates why a novice preacher named Martin Luther King Jr. emerged from that struggle as the public face and voice of the movement. 

​Free Showing of Boycott (2001)

Clark Johnson will introduce a free showing of Boycott on April 1st at 7 p.m. in 109 Goodwyn.