The University of South Alabama department of history will present the fifth annual N. Jack Stallworth Lecture featuring the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dr. Jacquelyn D. Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on the USA campus. This lecture, “Longer, Broader, Deeper: Rethinking the Civil Rights Movement and the Resistance to It,” is free and open to the public.
Hall, one of the foremost scholars on the American South, is working on a collection of her articles and on two book projects: “Writing a Way Home,” about women writers and intellectuals and the creating of a regional identity in the 20th century South, and a study of the social movements sparked by the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. She is also the co-author of “Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World,” which won multiple awards and is considered a classic in American labor history.
In addition to her teaching and research, Hall is the founding director of the Southern Oral History Program. She served as president of the Organization of American Historians and of the Southern Historical Association. She was also the founding president of the Labor and Working Class History Association. Hall was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal in 1999, and she was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The lecture is named in honor of N. Jack Stallworth, a well-known Mobile businessman, who owned several business ventures and restaurants. Stallworth was a graduate of Castle Heights Military School in Tennessee and Louisiana State University with a degree in forestry. Stallworth was instrumental in founding America’s Junior Miss competition, now renamed the Distinguished Young Women; the Mobile Chapter of the English Speaking Union; and Camellia Ball. He was a leader of the Mobile Carnival Association and was best known as Mr. Mardi Gras.”
Stallworth’s love for Mobile, Southern life and history led him to establish and support the N. Jack Stallworth Lecture in Southern History through the USA department of history in the College of Arts and Sciences and the USA Foundation. He also funded two scholarships in memory of his parents Montgomery Carlton Stallworth and Minnie Lee Stallworth. Also, the Stallworth family home and contents were left to the USA Foundation to be used to enhance the teaching of Southern history and to support programs at USA.