Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette inspired Rochester
The Gandhi Institute was honored to host Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, a long time civil rights activist and organizer in February of 2014. An ordained minister, Dr. Lafayette is an authority on nonviolent social change. Early in his career of nonviolent activism and as a member of the Nashville Student Movement, he helped organize sit-ins at segregated businesses. He co-founded the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, and he was a core leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, TN, in 1960 as well as Selma, AL, in 1965. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and he was appointed by Martin Luther King, Jr. to be the national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. Dr. Lafayette has continued his career in nonviolent community organization through his work with the Chicago Open Housing Movement and also as an educator at the Gustavus Adolphus College, the University of Rhode Island, and Emory University.
We are excited and grateful that Dr. Lafayette visited Rochester and helped us celebrate the 2014 Season for Nonviolence with several events, speaking on lessons learned from the Civil Rights legacy as well as the challenge of institutional change.
We’re continuing to raise funds to cover the expenses of Dr. Lafayette’s visit. If you were inspired by him and his message,
If you’d like to be trained in Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence, we are offering another two-day training with trainer Jonathan “Globe” Lewis, who works closely with Dr. Lafayette, on Thursday-Friday, May 29-30, 2014. Participants will receive a certificate of completion. To register contact Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAINER: Jonathan “Globe” Lewis, Founder & Executive Director, is a Senior Level Kingian Nonviolence Trainer who started working with Dr. Lafayette in the early 1990s as a college student. He served on the International Global Conference Series from 2000-2004 as a youth representative. Jonathan has trained all over the United States and abroad, including in Mexico, Colombia, South Africa, Israel, and Nigeria. In 2008, while working for Harry Belafonte’s the Gathering for Justice, where he served as National Director of Nonviolence Direct Action Training, he introduced over one thousand community leaders to the Kingian Nonviolence philosophy.