The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an American nonprofit civil rights organization noted for its legal victories against White white supremacist groups; legal representation for victims of hate groups, monitoring of hate groups, militias, and extremist organizations; and educational programs that promote tolerance.[
The SPLC classifies as hate groups organizations that denigrate or assault entire groups of people for attributes that are beyond their control.
In 1971, Morris Dees and Joseph J. Levin Jr. founded the SPLC as a civil rights law firm based in Montgomery, Alabama.
A Lawyer's Journey: The Morris Dees Story by Morris Dees with Steve Fiffer is an autobiography which reads like a novel. It is Morris' story of growing up in a share-cropper's family on a cotton farm in Mississippi in the post Depression years. He worked in the fields with the black laborers, whom he heard talking among themselves as no other white ears could hear. With a compassionate father who treated negroes kindly in a period and place when other whites treated them cruelly or unfairly, Morris' character was developed to be sympathetic to the underlings of society. He grew up to be a successful lawyer and founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, which fairly and without charging represents poor clients so they can receive just treatment in a legal system which still favors the rich, white accused. The book is a compelling and poignant read and one you cannot put down. It will pull your heart strings and educate you to cruel realities in America today. An excellent book you won't want to miss
I received a copy of his autobiography by joining the SPLC. It was money well spent.
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