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Civil rights advocate Brooks to speak at Ozarks on Oct. 6

September 22, 2015
By cnp
Posted in Community Events

Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will present a talk titled, "The State of Hate and Extremism," on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at University of the Ozarks.

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Civil rights advocate Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will speak at Ozarks on Oct. 6.

The event is part of the University’s 2015-16 Walton Arts & Ideas Series. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Rogers Conference Center on campus. There is no cost for admission.

Brooks is the outreach director for SPLC, the Montgomery, Alabama-based civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to "fighting hate and bigotry, and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society." As outreach director, Brooks leads the organization’s efforts on key initiatives and social justice issues. She frequently gives presentations around the country to promote tolerance and diversity.

Brooks also serves as director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, an interpretive center designed to provide visitors to the Civil Rights Memorial with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement. She joined the SPLC staff in 2004 as director of Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a Teaching Tolerance program designed to help break down racial, cultural and social barriers in schools.

Previously, she worked for 12 years in a number of capacities for the National Conference for Community and Justice in its Los Angeles office. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University.

The 2015-16 Walton Arts & Ideas Series is focused on the theme of The Identity of the South. The eight-event series will explore the notable and colorful history, literature, music and culture of the South.

For more information on the 2015-16 Walton series, please contact the Office of Public Relations at 979-1433.