SALISBURY — Civil rights era activist Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. will speak about the legacy of nonviolence in the struggle for civil rights for people of color on Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
This free Kingian Legacy of Nonviolence from Selma to 2021 program is hosted by Scoville Memorial Library, 38 Main Street, in collaboration with other libraries. For more information or to register, call 860-435-2838 or check the library’s event page at www.scovillelibrary.org.
Dr. LaFayette will give an historical glimpse to the civil rights movement, the instrumentality of non-violence and its relationship to current efforts for equal rights.
LaFayette is one of the last of a generation of civil rights era activists. From Freedom Rider to the Selma-Montgomery march, LaFayette protested, and was beaten and arrested 27 times. He was part of the Nashville Student Movement which continued one of the Freedom Rides in May 1961, into the city of Montgomery, Ala., where LaFayette and the other riders including John Lewis were attacked and beaten. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He served as a leading strategist for the Selma Movement and worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. LaFayette was appointed national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor Peoples’ campaign by Dr. King.
Five regional libraries, Bushnell-Sage Library of Sheffield, MA, Cornwall Library, Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Norfolk Library and the Scoville library have collaborated with the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence to bring this presentation to the public.