Morris Dees: "Teaching Tolerance"
Mills Godwin Jr. Building - Auditorium
President's Lecture Series
Morris Seligman Dees, Jr., (born December 16, 1936, Shorter, Alabama, U.S.), American lawyer and civil rights activist who is known for founding the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) with American attorney Joseph Levin in 1971 in Montgomery, Alabama.
Dees and his colleagues at the SPLC have been "credited with devising innovative ways to cripple hate groups" such as the Ku Klux Klan, particularly by using "damage litigation". During See's tenure, the SPLC won several unprecedented lawsuits against hate organizations and their leaders.
In 2019, the SPLC announced that Dees had been fired from the organization and the SPLC would hire an "outside organization" to assess the SPLC's workplace climate. Former employees alleged that Dees was "complicit" in harassment and racial discrimination, and said that at least one female employee had accused him of sexual harassment.
Dees, Morris, "Morris Dees: "Teaching Tolerance"" (1997). President's Lecture Series. 66.