Media’s Impact on Civil Rights Movement Topic of Nov. 27 Weis Lecture

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 13, 2007 – The media’s impact on the Civil Rights Movement will be the topic of the 12th annual Emil C. Weis Lecture Nov. 27 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. The lecture is open to the public, and students are encouraged to attend.

The featured speaker will be Kira Duke of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., who will present “The Media and the Movement: A Look at How the Media Impacted the Civil Rights Movement.”

Duke grew up in Carthage, Tenn., just miles from the home of Al Gore, Jr.  She attended Rhodes College where she received a bachelor of arts degree history in 2003.  In 2005, she received a master of arts degree in history from the University of Tennesee-Knoxville with a focus on southern history and the history of the Civil Rights Movement. “To Disturb the People as Little as Possible,” Duke’s master’s thesis, examines the desegregation of Memphis City Schools. For the past two years, she has been with the National Civil Rights Museum where she is the education coordinator.

For more information please contact the Communication Department at (573) 651-2241 or e-mail masscomm@semo.edu.