Rally and workshop on
constitutional reform set for
Judson College October 16

October 7, 2002
Contact: Kathryn Bowden

MARION – Speakers will bring a message of constitutional reform to this Black Belt community, where African-Americans once saw their voting rights disappear under the present state charter.

   A rally on Oct. 16 will focus on writing a new state constitution to replace the 1901 version, which has now been amended 713 times. The rally, free to the public, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Judson College.
   A barbecue lunch will follow at noon, along with a workshop on constitutional issues.

   Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform is joining Judson College, the City of Marion, and local community leaders in presenting the event. Thomas Corts, president of Samford University and chairman of ACCR, will be among the speakers. Joining him will be Wayne Flynt, a professor of history at Auburn University and a prolific author on Alabama subjects.

   Other speakers will include Philip White, mayor of Uniontown; Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins of Hale County; Mary Cosby Moore, Marion city clerk; Rev. Gregory Bentley of Tuscaloosa; and Rev. Lawrence Wofford of Selma.

   Dr. David Potts, president of Judson College, and Edward Daniel, mayor of Marion, will be hosts for the event.

   The speakers will explain the history of the 1901 Alabama constitution, particularly how it deprived blacks and many poor whites of the right to vote. Other topics will include expansion of local democracy, the importance of reform to students, the religious imperative for reform and ways for citizens to get involved.
After the rally, Bailey Thomson, associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama, will lead a workshop designed to train speakers l Montgomery, Alabama 36101

   Phone: (334) 834-5495 l Fax: (334) 834-5497, email www.constitutionalreform.org

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