Students learn about the legacy of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

A group of approximately 150 law students learned about the legacy of the 1964 Civil Rights Act during a presentation on Oct. 1 at Stetson University College of Law’s Gulfport campus.

Students listen to Professor Emanuel's presentation on civil rights on Oct. 1 in Gulfport.

Students listen to Professor Emanuel’s presentation on civil rights on Oct. 1 in Gulfport. Photo by Jenna Kelly.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Anne Emanuel, Professor Emerita of Georgia State University College of Law and author of Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution, presented on “Judicial Leadership & The Struggle To Enforce Civil Rights.”

Professor Emanuel discussed her experiences clerking for 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Elbert Parr Tuttle when he implemented cutting-edge civil rights legislation during the 1970s.

“The 5th Circuit heard virtually every case that made the Brown v. Board mandate for equality a reality in the Deep South,” said student Scott Tolliver. Tolliver is the president of the American Constitution Society at Stetson Law. He helped coordinate the presentation with Professor Robert Bickel, who teaches courses on constitutional law and the civil rights movement at Stetson.

Professor Emanuel challenged the Stetson Law students in the audience to recognize their roles as leaders who have the power to improve peoples’ lives by ensuring individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.

Stetson’s Jewish Law Student Association, Education Law Association, Black Law Students Association, Student Wellness Society, Equal Justice Works, and the Social Justice Advocacy Concentration sponsored the presentation along with the American Constitution Society.