Dees, Morris

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Dees, Morris Gender: M
Morris Seligman Dees
born on 16 December 1936 at 21:30 (= 9:30 PM )
Place Shorter, Alabama, 32n24, 85w55
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Taglilatelo
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 25°02' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 01°30 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 27°53'


American civil rights attorney and co-founder of Southern Poverty Law Center. Dees grew up in a family of farmers. While at the University of Alabama, he established a direct mail company with a specialty in book publishing.He attended the University of Alabama Law School. In 1960, law degree in hand, he opened a law office but maintained his business, Fuller and Dees Publishing Company. Nine years later, in 1969, he sold the company and reaped the financial rewards, in line with his 1967 vision to quit the corporate ladder and work on behalf of the civl rights movement. In June 1971 he and his law partner founded the Souther Poverty Law Center. Among his accomplishments are the 1969 integration of the Montgomery, AL YMCA, a successful 1981 law suit against the Ku Klux Klan and another successful lawsuit in 1987 against the United Klans of America and two successful suits agains Aryan groups in 1991 and 2001 . In 1991 he published his autobiography, "A Season for Justice" and in 1993 he released his second book, "Hate on Trial." "Gathering Storm," his third book was published in 1996.

Dees has devoted many years to fighting poverty, establishing equal rights and equal justice for the underprivileged and the disadvantaged by class or race and fighting hate crimes. He has received a large number of honorary degrees and humanitaran awards. His accomplishments have brought him threats from those who wish to perpetuate discrimination, hatred, injustce and poverty. Dees has been fnance director for two Democratic candidates for high office. In 1972 he raised millions for the party's candidate, George McGovern. Four years later, he was named President Carter's national finance director (1976) and in 1980 he served as national finance chairman for Ted Kennedy's Presidential bid.

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  • Work : Start Business 1960 (Law office)
  • Work : Great Achievement 1969 (Won integration of YMCA)
  • Work : Great Achievement 1971 (Co-founded Southern Poverty Law Center)
  • Work : Gain social status 1981 (Successfully sued Ku Klux Klan)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1991 (Autobiography)

Source Notes

Shelley Jordan quotes Judy Bruno (Judy Bruno

Executive Assistant to Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center, P. O. Box 2087, Montgomery, AL 36102-2087) by e-mail. Bruno responded to Shelley's request for Dees' birth data. When questioned about the source, Bruno said she presumed that Dees got it from his birth certificate.


  • Lifestyle : Financial : Fundraiser
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction