Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Book Talk on Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black

Book Talk on Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black

The public is invited to a book talk by Steve Suitts, author of Hugo Black of Alabama: How His Roots and Early Career Shaped the Great Champion of the Constitution, on Thursday, November 9 at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

Three decades after his death, the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black remain both an enigma and controversial. This latest, definitive study of Black’s origins and early influences has been twenty-five years in the making and offers fresh, dramatic insights into the Justice’s character, philosophy, and ethics. Hugo Black came out of hardscrabble Alabama hill country, and he never forgot his origins. He was shaped by the early 20th-century politics of Alabama and Birmingham, where he set up a law practice and began his political career, eventually rising to the U.S. Senate. After President Franklin D. Roosevelt selected him for America's highest court in 1937, Black’s appointment was widely condemned once it was reported nationally that he had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Steve Suitts is an adjunct lecturer at the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts of Emory University, and chief strategist for Better Schools Better Jobs, a Mississippi-based education advocacy project of the New Venture Fund. Suitts began his career as a staff member of the Selma Project. He was founding director of the Alabama Civil Liberties Union; the executive director of the Southern Regional Council; and program coordinator, vice president, and senior fellow of the Southern Education Foundation.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn.

For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit



Last Updated: November 06, 2017