Interview with civil rights activist Bernard Lafayette

04/08/08 Robert Lorei
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Civil rights activist Dr. Bernard LaFayette is a national authority on nonviolence education and veteran civil rights activist. Dr. LaFayette earned his B.A. from the American Baptist Theological Seminary and his Ed.M and Ed.D. from Harvard University. He has served on the faculties of many colleges and universities including Alabama State University, where he was dean of the graduate school.

An ordained minister, Dr. LaFayette is pastor emeritus of the Progressive Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn. He is a former president of the American Baptist College at the American Baptist Theological Seminary and a scholar in residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. LaFayette founded and directed numerous civil rights organizations including the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee in 1960 and the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962. He was appointed National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and National Coordinator of the 1968 Poor Peoples' campaign by Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. LaFayette currently serves as a Distinguished-Scholar-in-Residence and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island.

He discussed the history of the Civil Rights Movement and his commitment to non-violence in this interview with WMNF's Rob Lorei.

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