Friday, May 22, 2009

Justice Center co-sponsors program about 1963 Birmingham Baptist Church bombing

The Justice Center, in cooperation with the Alaska Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the ACLU, presents, "Deferred Justice: The 1963 Birmingham Baptist Church Bombing Case," with Doug Jones, former Alabama U.S. Attorney, on Wednesday, June 17, 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. at the Snowden Training Center in Anchorage. Registration fee is $15 - student rate is $7.50.

Doug Jones, then Alabama U.S. Attorney, reopened the case in 2000, and in this program paints a picture of race relations in 1963 and the backdrop of the bombing. He describes how he worked with new and old evidence to create a theme for the trials of Ku Klux Klansmen Tommy Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry, and ultimately won convictions decades after the crime that was called, "the deadliest of the civil rights era."

For information on student scholarships, please contact 786-1810. Professor Deborah Periman is the Justice Center planning committee representative.