The BA in Liberal Studies Completion Program is honored to host this rare opportunity to hear Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Civil Rights Leader, Distinguished-Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University in Atlanta and Chairman of the Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, discuss “Kingian Nonviolence and Today’s Challenges.”
Dr. LaFayette played a central role in many important civil rights movement campaigns of the 60s, serving as a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, a leader in the lunch counter sit-ins and the freedom rides, a key organizer for the voting rights movement in Selma, Alabama, and the open housing campaign led by Martin Luther King in Chicago. In 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. appointed Dr. LaFayette as the National Coordinator for the Poor Peoples’ Campaign. He received his Ed.D. from Harvard University.
In recent years he has been conducting nonviolence training in the US and abroad, most recently in Nigeria and South Africa.