Civil Rights Activist Bernard LaFayette to Discuss His Journey to Selma
Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), will discuss his new memoir, In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma, on Wednesday, March 4 at noon at the Tuskegee History Center (104 South Elm Street, Tuskegee). Books will be available for purchase and signing. Rev. Dr. LaFayette will discuss his time as a leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, TN and Selma, AL.
In his memoir, written with Kathryn Lee Johnson, Rev. Dr. LaFayette shares the inspiring story of his years in Selma. When he arrived in 1963, Selma was a small, quiet, rural town. By 1965, it had made its mark in history and was nationally recognized as a battleground in the fight for racial equality and the site of one of the most important victories for social change in our nation. Rev. Dr. LaFayette was one of the primary organizers of the 1965 Selma voting rights movement and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, and he relates his experiences of these historic initiatives in close detail.
The Rev. Dr. LaFayette, an ordained minister, organizer, and authority on nonviolent social change, is currently Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He holds degrees from American Baptists Theological Seminary and Harvard University. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, and he was a leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, TN, in 1960 and in Selma, AL, in 1965. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and he was appointed by Martin Luther King, Jr. to be national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.
This free program is sponsored by the Tuskegee History Center, which houses a civil rights exhibit gallery that includes Rev. Dr. Lafayette, the Tuskegee Consulting Group, and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.
For more information on the program, please call 334-724-0800 or 334-844-6198.
Last Updated: February 26, 2015