First Amendment Festival at Alabama State University

Tuesday, February 13, 2001

  • Alabama State First Amendment Festival takes civil rights angle

  • Speaker biographies

    1-2:15 p.m.
    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:

  • Ken Paulson executive director, First
    Amendment Center
  • John Seigenthaler, founder, First Amendment Center 2:30-3:45 p.m.
    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.
  • Moderator: Gene Policinski, deputy director, First
    Amendment Center Panelists:
  • Johnnie Carr, civic leader,
    president of the Montgomery Improvement Association (1967-present)

  • Bob Ingram, journalist and political writer, Montgomery Advertiser
    (1949-1967); currently, editorial director/political analyst, WNCF-TV Ch. 32
    (ABC affiliate)
  • Roland Nachman, attorney (1962-64) representing
    Montgomery’s Commissioner L.B. Sullivan; currently, counsel with Steiner-Crum,
    Byars & Main, P.C.
  • Chuck Stone, professor, School of Journalism
    and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill;
    author, columnist and former senior editor, Philadelphia Daily News

    4-5:15 p.m.
    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.

    5:15-5:45 p.m.
    Showing of Film, "The First Freedom"
    Four-time Academy
    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

    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

  • Penn State University
  • University of North Carolina