University of Montevallo alumna Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson, author of The House by the Side of the Road, will speak at UM Wednesday, April 11, at 1 p.m., in the Merchants and Planters Bank Auditorium in Comer Hall. A book signing will follow in Room 106 of Comer Hall. The book is Jackson’s personal account of the Selma Civil Rights movement. The event, which is designed to help individuals understand more about the struggles and victories within the Civil Rights movement here in Alabama, is sponsored by the university’s department of behavioral and social sciences and Carmichael Library. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Clark Hultquist at 205-665-6187or Kathy Lowe at 205-665-6100.