Modern civil rights movement focus of TROY's Civic Engagement Series Feb. 6

Posted: Monday, 30 January 2012

TROY - Lecia Brooks, director of outreach for the Southern Poverty Law Center, will discuss the modern civil rights movement in America during the fourth installment of Troy University's Civic Engagement Series on Feb. 6.

The presentation, "Injustice – An American Divide," will begin at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 6 in the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus, and will focus on the efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center to address social justice issues in Alabama and throughout the southeast. The event is free and open to the public.

TROY's Civic Engagement Series, designed to spark discussion of contemporary issues and engage students in civic involvement, is sponsored by the First Year Studies program's Office of Student Learning Initiatives.

"Each session features opportunities for students to engage with professional experts and advocates about issues that have an impact on society and our community," said Jonathon T. Cellon, coordinator of student learning initiatives at TROY.

Brooks leads the Southern Poverty Law Center's outreach efforts on key initiatives and social justice issues. She also serves as director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, an interpretive center designed to provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Brooks joined the Center's 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. She previously worked in several capacities in the Los Angeles office of the National Conference for Community and Justice. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University.