Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr.: The Kingian Legacy of Non-Violence from Selma to 2021

Date: 03/18/2021
Time: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. is one of the last of a legendary generation of Civil Rights era activists.  From Freedom Rider to the Selma-Montgomery march, LaFayette protested, was beaten, and was arrested 27 times.  He worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King and was with him in Memphis just hours before he was killed. For the last six decades he has dedicated his life to the teachings and practice of non-violence. He will give an historical glimpse into the Civil Rights movement, and discuss the instrumentality of non-violence and its relationship to current efforts for equal rights. 

A Distinguished Senior Scholar in Residence Emeritus at Emory University, Dr. LaFayette is a minister, educator, lecturer, and a world leading authority on the strategy on nonviolent social change.  In 1960 he co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and was a leader of the 1960 Nashville Movement, the Freedom Rides of 1961 and the 1965 Selma Movement. He was appointed National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Coordinator of the 1968 Poor Peoples’ campaign by Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Earning his B.A. from the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee, and his Ed.M. and Ed.D from Harvard University, Dr. Lafayette has traveled extensively, inspiring the establishment of Kingian Nonviolence training institutes around the globe including Colombia, South Africa, Nigeria, and in the Middle East. His publications include The Leaders Manual: A Structured Guide and Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence with David Jehnsen and In Peace and Freedom, My Journey in Selma.

The recipient of hundreds of awards, he currently serves as Board Chair for Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) . He also mentors and serves as Honorary Board Chair for the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence.

This program is co-sponsored by the Bushnell-Sage Library, Cornwall Library, Hotchkiss Library, Norfolk Library, and Scoville Memorial Library in collaboration with the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence.

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When: Mar 18, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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