Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. Presents:
Friday, November 16, 2012
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Falcon's Nest- UC
Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. Presents: My Pilgrimage to Kingian NonviolenceThe Rev. Dr. Lafayette, an ordained minister, is a longtime civil rights activist, organizer, and an authority on nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, and he was a core 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.
Dr. Lafayette will be addressing our campus community in his lecture ‘My Pilgrimage to Kingian Nonviolence’ where he will outline his journey and understanding of the effectiveness of the Nonviolent approach and his commitment to Martin Luther King Jr. & Corretta Scott King to internationalize and institutionalize nonviolent conflict reconciliation.
Bernard Lafayette, an original Freedom Rider and one of the organizers of the Selma march protesting voter discrimination during the civil rights movement, said the following about his last hours with King before King’s assassination on April 4, 1968:
'Martin Luther King said if you haven’t found something in life that you’re willing to die for, you’ve not yet lived. I spoke with him in Memphis on April 4th. I was there, because I was national coordinator for the poor people’s campaign. And I remember my last words with him. He said to me, “Bernard, the next thing we’re gonna do is to institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.” Five hours later, when I landed in Washington, that’s when I learned he’d been assassinated.' - Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.
Friday, November 16
12 – 12:50 p.m.
Falcon’s Nest – University Center