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Case School Of Law to sponsor discussion on Selma to Montgomery civil rights march

An upcoming panel discussion at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law will look back on one of the most famous occurrences of the civil rights era – the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Ala. voting rights march.

The discussion, titled “The Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March: 40th Anniversary Perspectives on a Civil Rights Landmark,” will take place Monday, February 28, beginning at noon in room 157 of the law school, 11075 East Blvd. It is free and open to the public. The Case chapter of the Black Law Students Association is a co-sponsor of the event.

Participants will be Diane Phillips Leatherberry, one of the marchers, and Daniel T. Clancy, a former FBI special agent sent to monitor the march on behalf of the federal court that had authorized it and a 1962 graduate of the law school. Clancy is now a special assistant to the vice president for university relations at Case. Leatherberry is married to Case law professor Wilbur C. Leatherberry. Jonathan L. Entin, professor of law and political science, will moderate. Entin has written extensively on the history of the march and the civil rights movement.

“We are very pleased to be able to sponsor this discussion,” said Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy Professor of Law. “It will provide our students with valuable insights about a seminal event in the history of the civil rights movement by hearing eyewitness accounts from two individuals who were there.”

“We feel it’s important to introduce each new generation of students to the Selma- Montgomery march, since it led directly to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,” said Entin. “We are fortunate to have people who took part in the march here on campus and nearby.”

For more information call (216) 368-3321.


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