Discover Auburn Lecture Series spring 2022 opening with an exploration of Selma’s Bloody Sunday

Published: January 27, 2022

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Auburn University Libraries’ Discover Auburn Lecture Series begins its spring 2022 programs with “Uncovering the Ignored Places and Untold Stories of Selma's Bloody Sunday Conflict” presented by Richard Burt, College of Architecture, Design and Construction, and Keith Hebert, College of Liberal Arts. The program will take place Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium at Ralph Brown Draughon Library. This program will also be available virtually on Zoom. The Zoom link may be found here.

Burt and Hebert’s work draws into sharper focus the places, people and moments that surround the larger events of the March 7, 1965, Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama.

Although the confrontation that became known as Bloody Sunday has received much attention from journalists, historians, politicians and filmmakers, popular and scholarly depictions of that day's events have failed to tell the full story of this nationally significant moment in American history. Despite Bloody Sunday's significance within the Civil Rights Movement's history, the historic sites connected to that day have not been preserved and the identities and perspectives of a majority of the courageous foot soldiers remain undocumented.

Burt and Hebert will share their efforts to document Bloody Sunday's historic landscape and preserve the identities and stories of hundreds of foot soldiers through a multi-disciplinary lens that reveals fresh perspectives on this pivotal moment in American history.

The public is welcome. There will be a question and answer period after the lecture.

Submitted by: Jayson Hill