Lecture: 'The State of Hate and Extremism' by Lecia Brooks
October 2, 2017
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Room: Bernie Dallas Room
UMass Amherst Campus
Lecia Brooks, director of outreach at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), will discuss "The State of Hate and Extremism."
Brooks also serves as director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama, an interpretive center designed to provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement.
Brooks first joined SPLC in 2004 as the director of Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a program within Teaching Tolerance, designed to help break down racial, cultural and social barriers in schools. Previously, she worked for 12 years in a number of capacities for the National Conference for Community and Justice in its Los Angeles office. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University.
SPLC is the leading U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists. Their investigative reports and legal action have led to the destruction or crippling of some of the most notorious hate groups in the United States—including the United Klans of America, the Aryan Nations and the White Aryan Resistance.
Brooks travels around the country promoting tolerance and diversity, encouraging people to do what they can do to oppose intimidation and other types of hate-related harassment.