Adanti Student Center - Ballroom
Join us as we commemorate the the life and legacy of Dr. King with our keynote speaker, Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr., a civil rights pioneer, humanitarian, global peacemaker and author of "In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma." A book signing will follow the program, which is free and open to the public. The event will also include performances by SCSU Talent Show winners Jamaal Sancho and Rachael Polansky, the Unity Boy's Choir and Aziza Dance Company.
LaFayette is an authority on the strategy for nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. He was a leader of the Nashville Movement in 1960, participated in the Freedom Rides of 1961 and the 1965 Selma Movement. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and was appointed National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Coordinator of the Poor People's Campaign by Martin Luther King Jr.
In addition, he served as director of Peace and Justice in Latin America as chairperson of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development, director of the PUSH Excel Institute; and minister of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tuskegee, Ala. He has several publications and has traveled extensively to lecture on peace and nonviolence.
An ordained minister, LaFayette is currently Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at Candler School of Theology, Emory University after having recently retired from being the Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island for eight years. He currently serves as honorary board chair for the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence. He continues to lead Kingian Nonviolence trainings nationally and internationally.
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