Event Title

Acting on Faith: Nonviolence and the Struggle for Interracial Justice, Then and Now

Presenter Information

Gary Eichten
Bernard Lafayette

Document Type

Event

Location

Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, Saint John's University

Event Website

http://www.csbsju.edu/Peace-Studies/Conferences/Fall-2013-26th-Annual-Peace-Studies-Conference.htm

Start Date

14-10-2013 7:30 PM

End Date

14-10-2013 9:00 PM

Description

Gary Eichten, Minnesota Public Radio news editor-at-large and retired host, lead a conversation with Bernard Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater. Lafayette currently teaches at Emory University and conducts nonviolence workshops worldwide. When he was 20, Lafayette was enrolled as an undergraduate at American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tenn. He helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. A veteran of the Nashville sit-ins, Lafayette had already staged a successful impromptu Freedom Ride when in 1959, while traveling home for Christmas break, he and fellow student activist John Lewis decided to exercise their rights as interstate passengers by sitting in the front of a bus from Nashville to Birmingham, Ala. As part of the May 17 Nashville Student Movement Ride, Lafayette endured jail time in Birmingham, riots and fire bombings in Montgomery, Ala., an arrest in Jackson, Miss. and jail time at Parchman State Prison Farm during June 1961. He took on leadership as the National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference where he worked closely with King. Lafayette earned a doctorate in education from Harvard University and later served as the director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies and the University of Rhode Island.

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Acting on Faith: Nonviolence and the Struggle for Interracial Justice, Then and Now

Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, Saint John's University

Gary Eichten, Minnesota Public Radio news editor-at-large and retired host, lead a conversation with Bernard Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater. Lafayette currently teaches at Emory University and conducts nonviolence workshops worldwide. When he was 20, Lafayette was enrolled as an undergraduate at American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tenn. He helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. A veteran of the Nashville sit-ins, Lafayette had already staged a successful impromptu Freedom Ride when in 1959, while traveling home for Christmas break, he and fellow student activist John Lewis decided to exercise their rights as interstate passengers by sitting in the front of a bus from Nashville to Birmingham, Ala. As part of the May 17 Nashville Student Movement Ride, Lafayette endured jail time in Birmingham, riots and fire bombings in Montgomery, Ala., an arrest in Jackson, Miss. and jail time at Parchman State Prison Farm during June 1961. He took on leadership as the National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference where he worked closely with King. Lafayette earned a doctorate in education from Harvard University and later served as the director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies and the University of Rhode Island.

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