Keynote SpeakerPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/panafricanconference/keynote2018.html
Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr.
Friday, February 9, 2018 5:45-6:45 PM
Bernard LaFayette, Jr. has been a Civil Rights Movement activist, minister, educator, lecturer, and is an authority of the strategy on nonviolent social change. He earned his B.A. from the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee, and his Ed.M. and Ed.D from Harvard University.
Dr. LaFayette co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. He was a leader of the Nashville Movement (1960), the Freedom Rides (1961), and the Selma Movement (1965). He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and he was appointed National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and National Coordinator of the 1968 Poor Peoples’ Campaign by Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, Dr. LaFayette has served as Director of Peace and Justice in Latin America; Chairperson of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development; Director of the PUSH Excel Institute; and minister of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tuskegee, Alabama.
His publications include the Curriculum and Training Manual for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Nonviolent Community Leadership Training Program, his doctoral thesis, Pedagogy for Peace and Nonviolence, and Campus Ministries and Social Change in the ‘60’s (Duke Divinity Review), and The Leaders Manual: A Structured Guide and Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence with David Jehnsen.
Dr. LaFayette was recently a Distinguished-Scholar-in-Residence and Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, and the chairperson for the International Nonviolence Executive Planning Board. He also held the position of chairman for the Rhode Island Select Commission on Race and Police-Community Relations.
He is the author of “In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma”, which he wrote with Kathryn Lee Johnson. Congressman John Lewis, in his foreword to the book, states, “A powerful history of struggle, commitment, and hope. No one, but no one, who lived through the creation and development of the movement for voting rights in Selma is better prepared to tell this story than Bernard LaFayette himself.” This book was honored with the prestigious Lillian Smith Book Award in May, 2014.
Dr. Bernard LaFayette is also the Founder and National President of God-Parents Clubs, Inc., a national community based program aimed at preventing the systematic incarceration of young Black youth; a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; and, founder of the Association For Kingian Nonviolence, Education and Training Works.