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United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. served as keynote speaker during an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ms. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, attended the Alabama Law School during the late-1940s. Alabama Law School Dean Kenneth C. Randall announced the launch of a new national book award titled “The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Literature.” The Prize, which is co-sponsored by Alabama Law and the ABA Journal, will be given annually to a published book-length work of fiction that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society and lawyers’ power to effect change. Ms. Lee has approved the establishment of the Prize. Earlier this year, Honors College students, led by UA sophomore David Wilson, submitted a formal invitation to Mr. Holder and played a significant role in planning the 50th anniversary celebration.

Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird': Celebrating the 50th Anniversary University of Alabama

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United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. served as keynote speaker during an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ms. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, attended the Alabama Law School during the late-1940s. Alabama Law School Dean Kenneth C. Randall announced the launch of a new national book award titled “The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Literature.” The Prize, which is co-sponsored by Alabama Law and the ABA Journal, will be given annually to a published book-length work of fiction that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society and lawyers’ power to effect change. Ms. Lee has approved the establishment of the Prize. Earlier this year, Honors College students, led by UA sophomore David Wilson, submitted a formal invitation to Mr. Holder and played a significant role in planning the 50th anniversary celebration.

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    The Impact of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

    The Impact of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

    IUn celebration of the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird', US Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. Holder was introduced by Law School Dean Ken Randall, who also announced the Harper Lee Prize of Legal Literature. Closing remarks were offered by Honors College Dean Shane Sharpe. Holder's remarks center on integration and equality and he reminds us that change starts with individual people. “It is really an honor to support the work being done on the University of Alabama campus to ensure that this place of learning is also a place of healing,” Holder said. “Because of that work, this University, once a battleground in America’s civil rights struggle, is now a force for tolerance and for inclusion, a forum for the peaceful exchange of ideas." “Individual actions count, individual actions matter,” he said. “’To Kill a Mockingbird’ contains a simple but important message—the pursuit of justice can take many forms, but no matter what form, it always begins the same way, with a simple action by a hopeful person.”

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