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Former Freedom Rider Will Be King Day Speaker

Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.
Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.

One of the original Freedom Riders will be the featured speaker on Monday at Augustana College during its Martin Luther King Day Celebration. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. will speak virtually at 10:30 am.

He will speak on "Nonviolence in a Time of Civil Unrest: Yesterday and Today."

As a 20-year old student, Lafayette joined the Freedom Riders in 1961 as they rode through the South deliberately violating the Jim Crow Laws in effect at the time. He was also a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and spent time in jail and prison for his civil rights activism.

Dr. King appointed him to be the national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign.

In 2016, Lafayette received the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace.

His address will be available Monday morning on Zoom and will be free and open to the public.

Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/y75rc45t
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811 8265 0691

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