First Amendment Festival at Alabama State University
Inside the First
A lively and interactive presentation
challenging assumptions about the First Amendment and exploring the role of
free expression in American life. Who:
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan: A First Amendment Landmark
A panel discussion exploring this 1964 Supreme Court
decision upholding the right to a free press — its roots in the
Montgomery civil rights movement,
its impact, its future.
Amendment Center Panelists:
president of the Montgomery Improvement Association (1967-present)
(1949-1967); currently, editorial director/political analyst, WNCF-TV Ch. 32
Montgomery’s Commissioner L.B. Sullivan; currently, counsel with Steiner-Crum,
Byars & Main, P.C.
and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill;
author, columnist and former senior editor, Philadelphia Daily News
Why Fight for the First Amendment?
conversation with John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center,
chairman emeritus of The Tennessean, and U.S. Justice Department
official during the civil rights movement. He will be interviewed by Tam
Gordon, director of programming, First Amendment Center.
Showing of Film, "The First Freedom"
Award winner Charles Guggenheim’s documentary examining the power of the First
Amendment. Drinks and snacks will be available throughout the
For more information, contact Jenny Atkinson, campus
coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The First Amendment Festival is sponsored by Alabama State University’s
Department of Communications and the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt
Previous First Amendment festivals