"Dining with a Purpose" on Jan. 18 to focus on Alabama's Constitution, race and poverty

Tue, 01/30/2007 (All day)

Jan 08, 2007

(Mobile, Ala.) -- Spring Hill College will welcome Dr. Wayne Flynt as the guest speaker for the Mobile Bridges Program’s “Dining with a Purpose” series, Thursday, Jan. 18 from 6- 8:30 p.m. Dr. Flynt’s presentation is titled “The Alabama 1901 Constitution and How it is Connected to Issues of Race and Poverty.”

The program will be held in Byrne Memorial Hall on the Spring Hill College campus. The evening will include a speaker, dinner and facilitated conversation. 

Flynt, a recently retired professor from Auburn University, has authored and/or co-authored 11 books, two of which were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes. One of those most acclaimed works was titled, “Poor But Proud: Alabama’s Poor White.” He was co-founder of the Alabama Poverty Project and Sowing Seeds of Hope (Perry County), and now serves on the board of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted to eradicating poverty in the South. 

The Bridges project is part of The Quest for Social Justice, an ecumenical effort to raise consciousness of social issues in the Mobile area. The Quest publishes a quarterly newsletter and in collaboration with other community groups, sponsors several major speakers throughout the year in an effort to promote positive change through education. In collaboration with The Bay Area Women’s Coalition and area churches, the Bridges program in Mobile was initiated in 2006. Four times during the year, between 60 and 100 persons gather for a shared meal and dialog around issues of race. For more information on the dinner and program, please call the Office of Catholic Charities at (251) 434-1500.