Trinity College to Host Lecture by Civil Rights Leader on March 10

The Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., Helped Organize March in Selma

Hartford, Connecticut, March 8, 2016 – 

What: “Strength from the Past – Endurance for the Future” is the title of the lecture to be given by the Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., Senior Distinguished Scholar in Residence Emeritus, Emory University, and Chairman of the Board for the National Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In Peace and Freedom, his memoir written with Kathryn Lee Johnson, sheds light on LaFayette’s experience of being one of the primary organizers of the Selma voting rights movement and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches. The lecture is free and open to the public.

When: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 4:15 p.m.   

Where: Washington Room, Mather Hall, Trinity College, 300 Summit St., Hartford, CT 06106. For directions and a map of the Trinity College campus, please click here.  

Background: The Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., 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, Tennessee, in 1960 and in Selma, Alabama, 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. LaFayette earned his B.A. from the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee, and his Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard University.

The event at Trinity College is sponsored by the Neuroscience Program, the History Department, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Women & Gender Resource Action Center, the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, the Office of the President, Hillel, the Office of Student Activities Involvement and Leadership, the Multicultural Affairs Council, the Political Science Department, the American Studies Department, and The Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life.