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Jan. 12, 2001 -- No. 17

Civil rights lawyer Dees to speak, give media briefing, at UNC-CH

Media briefing: 5 p.m. Tuesday,

(Jan. 16), Koury Library, George Watts

Hill Alumni Center, Stadium Drive

Public address: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

(Jan. 16), Memorial Hall, Cameron Avenue


Civil rights attorney Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will give a briefing for media only, as well as a free address open to the public, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tuesday (Jan. 16).

Reporters may question Dees briefly beginning at 5 p.m. at the media session and also cover his public address in Memorial Hall. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a scholarship presentation of approximately 15 minutes, followed by Dees' speech. He will take questions from the audience afterward.

Dees, who has brought numerous lawsuits alleging segregation, defamation and discrimination, will be the keynote speaker in a week of events at UNC-CH to observe the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. The university will close Monday (Jan. 15) on the official holiday. Later events will include a Show of Hands for Peace and Unity on Polk Place, outside South Building, at noon Thursday (Jan. 17).

For more information on Dees and his center, visit and

Coverage tips on Dees' UNC-CH visit:


To reach the alumni center from the east, take N.C. 54 west into the campus and turn left onto Stadium Drive just before the Bell Tower on the left. The center will be on the right after Kenan Stadium. A limited number of parking spaces will be reserved for the media on Stadium Drive outside the center, across from Parker Residence Hall.

The center entrance is off a brick courtyard set back from the road. News Services representatives will direct media representatives, who will be asked to show identification. Dees' schedule is tight. Reporters who wish to interview him are advised to arrive early.


An hour before the program, at 6:30 p.m., members of the campus and local communities will assemble in the Pit, outside the Frank Porter Graham Student Union off South Road, to begin a candlelight vigil and march to the lecture, setting a tone of peace and unity.

A limited number of parking spaces for media will be reserved in the Hanes Visitors' Lot until 7:20 p.m. The lot is beside Memorial off Cameron Avenue. Parking also will be free in other nearby lots. Broadcast media with heavy equipment may unload at Memorial, then move their vehicles.


Please plan to be in place with equipment set up by 7:30 p.m.

Media seating will be in the orchestra pit. Photographers may set up at either side of the pit or in the side aisles. Audio feeds will be available. No flash photographs or TV lights will be allowed. Still and video photographers can rely on the stage lights.

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News Services contacts: Print, L.J. Toler, 919-962-8589; broadcast, Karen Moon, 919-962-8595