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SPLC Outreach Director to Give Presentation on Hate Group


Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a presentation and question-and-answer session with Lecia Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 15, at Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium. The event is hosted by the Office of the Chancellor.

The campus clear bag policy is in effect for this event. Bring your VolCard IDs.

Lecia Brooks“I’m thrilled by the invitation to speak on campus,” Brooks said. “Together, we can send a message to the broader community that UT Knoxville stands united against hate and extremism.”

Brooks also will meet with faculty at the Faculty Pub at 4 p.m.

Brooks’ presentation, Standing Against Hate and Extremism, will discuss the Traditionalist Worker Party, its tactics, and ways communities can stand against hate groups.

Read more about how the campus is addressing concerns about this event.

As outreach director for SPLC, Brooks shares the organization’s research on extremist groups and community resources with the public. She also serves as director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama, an interpretive center designed to provide visitors to the Civil Rights Memorial with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. The organization maintains an Extremist Files database of prominent extremists and extremist organizations, including Matthew Heimbach and the Traditionalist Worker Party. It also examines the ideologies of the most common types of extremist movements.