March 12, 2019

Dr. Melanie Morrison at 2019 Hallie Farmer Lecture Series

Start Time: March 12, 2019 7:00pm
End Time: March 12, 2019 8:00pm
Venue: LeBaron Recital Hall
Davis Hall, Highland Street Montevallo, AL

The 2019 Hallie Farmer Lecture Series presents “Researching Injustice: Telling the Story of Legal Lynching in Jim Crow Birmingham”, presented by Dr. Melanie Morrison.

Dr. Melanie S. Morrison will recount what compelled her to research the case of Willie Peterson and discuss the challenges inherent in unearthing largely forgotten stories.

Morrison’s newest book, Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham, will be available for signing and purchase. This riveting account of Jim Crow-era injustice exposes how courtrooms could function like lynch mobs when the defendant was black. Through scrupulous investigation of primary sources, Morrison sheds new light on the struggle for justice in Depression-era Birmingham. Murder on Shades Mountain is a testament to the courageous predecessors of present-day movements that demand an end to racial profiling, mass incarceration and the criminalization of black men.

Morrison is founder and executive director of Allies for Change, a national network of social justice educators. She has a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She is the author of The Grace of Coming Home: Spirituality, Sexuality, and the Struggle for Justice and her writing has appeared in numerous periodicals.

Learn more about Morrison at

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during this event should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.