Morris Dees at UIMorris Dees (photo: Barry Kough, Lewiston Tribune)

At least three reporters covered Morris Dees’ talk at the University of Idaho last week.  Each took a different approach:

Bill McKee, Moscow-Pullman Daily News

Longtime civil rights activist Morris Dees challenged students at the University of Idaho on Tuesday to be stewards of justice in their own communities. “Human rights begins close to home – they begin right here in this town, in this community. This is where people look for justice. I hope those of you listening today will take up this challenge,” he said.

Kaitlyn Krasselt, the Argonaut

Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center, was not always aware of the racial issues that have plagued the United States. Dees grew up on a cotton farm in rural Alabama where segregation was all he knew. “I wanted to pick cotton but I had to go to school,” Dees said. “My black friends had to pick the cotton and they didn’t get to go to school. I didn’t know any better.”

Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune

MOSCOW – Morris Dees learned a lot from Mrs. Johnson. His elementary school teacher had two lessons: Do not smoke cigarettes and do not drink alcohol. But it was a different lesson that Dees took with him throughout his life. “She told us our colored people were not being treated fairly and that bothered her,” said Dees, who grew up on a cotton farm in a segregated Alabama community in the 1940s.

Dees is the co-founder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center and was this year’s keynote speaker for the University of Idaho’s Sherman J. Bellwood Memorial Lecture Series. …

Which reporter did the best job of summing up his talk? Which lead entices readers to continue with the story?

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