Crisp Museum Hosting Black History Month Lecture Feb. 21

Photo of Debra Miles

Debra Miles is an attorney for the Missouri Department of Mental Health who has a passion and interest in African-American history.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 7, 2008 – A lecture titled “Remembering the Road to Brown: Four Social Engineers in the Fight for Civil Rights” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Seminary Building Room 257 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

This free lecture will be presented by Dr. Debra Miles who will discuss the use of Charles Hamilton Houston’s strategy to end segregation in public education, which resulted in the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision declaring separate schools unconstitutional.  The event is open to the public.

Miles is an attorney for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, who has a passion and interest in African-American history. Miles’ education in both history and law began more than 20 years ago and continues today. She received her bachelor of arts degree in paralegal studies and history from William Woods College in Fulton, Mo., and holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee-College of Law in Knoxville. She earned a master of arts degree in history from Lincoln University in Jefferson City and is currently taking courses at the University of Missouri-Columbia toward her doctorate in history. 

The lecture, sponsored by the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum, is a service of The State Historical Society of Missouri as a part of its Missouri History Speakers’ Bureau. For more information contact Ellen Hahs at ehahs@semo.edu, (573) 651-2301 or visit the museum’s Web site at www.semo.edu/museum/.