Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wilkerson, Morrison discuss migration and civil rights

The Riley Institute and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman University hosted a fascinating discussion on equality and civil rights on Tuesday, the last of a four-part summer series there. Furman President Rod Smolla opened the evening with a great presentation on civil rights in contemporary America, seen through the lens of recent Supreme Court rulings and arguments on affirmative action. But the second half of the evening, moderated by former SCETV host Mark Quinn, made for compelling listening.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson and Columbia attorney Steve Morrison shared thoughts on the meanings of freedom and civil rights through their own works; Wilkerson is the author of "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration," and Morrison was co-lead counsel in Abbeville v State of South Carolina, a school-funding equity case that has become epic in its own right.

Rather than read a summary of their presentations, click through the videos to watch them for yourself.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

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