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Cosponsored by the  Bushnell-Sage Library, Cornwall Library, Hotchkiss Library,  Norfolk Library and the Scoville Memorial Library in collaboration with the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence

Dr LaFayette 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 arrested 27 times.  He worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King. For the last six decades  he has dedicated his life to the teachings and practice of nonviolence. He will give an historical glimpse to the Civil Rights movement, the instrumentality of non-violence and its relationship to current efforts for equal rights.

Bernard LaFayette, Jr., is a Distinguished Senior Scholar in Residence Emeritus, at Emory University.  He is a legendary, Civil Rights Movement activist, minister, educator, lecturer, and a world leading authority on the strategy on nonviolent social change.  He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). and was a leader of the Nashville Movement and the Freedom Rides. He served as a leading strategist for the Selma Movement. LaFayette, 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. 


Dr. LaFayette earned his B.A. from the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee, and his Ed.M. and Ed.D from Harvard University. LaFayette has traveled extensively inspiring the establishment of Kingian Non-violence 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 to Selma.


He has received literally hundreds of awards, and  is celebrated nationally and internationally by institutions of every size.  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.







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