Black & Black: The Vital South and Presidential Elections, 1960 – 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)
The Sixth Floor Museum (map)

The Tower Center Event, "Black & Blac"
Photo Credit: Frank Muto, photographer, Gregory Clock Collection/ The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

In commemoration of Presidents Day, the Tower Center and The Six Floor Museum present a program with Professors Earl Black and Merle Black. The brothers, authors, and experts on Southern politics will discuss how Southern politics have changed since 1960 and the growing important of the region for presidential elections and national politics. 

Dennis Simon, professor of political science at SMU, will moderate.  

Earl Black
Professor Black, Herbert S. Autrey Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Rice University, is one of the premier scholars of Southern politics in the United States. With brother Merle Black, he is the co-author of The Vital South: How Presidents are Elected and most recently Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics.

Merle Black
Professor Black is the Asa G. Chandler Professor of Politics and Government at Emory University and specializes in the study of American politics. He is a frequent media source on Southern politics.

Dennis Simon
Professor Simon is an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at SMU. His research interests include the American Presidency, Presidential-congressional relations, public opinion, electoral behavior and research methodology.


Program is free but reservations are required. RSVP by February 13 to
214.747.6660 ext. 6623 or email
Parking is $5 and conveniently located adjacent to the Museum.