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It is truly an honor and a privilege to have been invited to return to my home state of Alabama to talk about the civil rights agenda in the new decade. Lest you think that I lack the appropriate credentials to speak on this issue, I will tell you that I did go to jail for the cause. At the age of four months, I was taken by my mother, Joan Carpenter Cashin, to a sit-in at a lunch counter in Huntsville, Alabama. When my mother was arrested, she insisted on taking me with her to jail. I am very proud of the role that she and my father, Dr. John Cashin, played in helping to bring about the desegregation of public accommodations in Huntsville, two full years before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. I am also proud to be an Alabamian. I am proud of the role that my state played in the civil rights movement of the twentieth century. It is most appropriate that here, in the place where the Second Reconstruction was fought and bled for, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Cumberland School of Law are attempting to chart the course for the civil rights movement in the new century.


Adopted from 31 Cumb. L. Rev. 467-479 (2001) by permission; © 2001 by Cumberland Law Review

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31 Cumb. L. Rev. 467-479 (2001)