Civil rights icon to talk at Seton Corridor – Essex Information Day by day

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Bernard LaFayette Jr. will speak at Seton Hall University as part of the South Orange Community Care & Justice Initiative’s Peace and Community Justice series of speakers.

The event, where LaFayette will meet Rev. Forrest Pritchett of Seton Hall and community students and youth activists, will take place on Sunday, May 2, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Livestreamed from Jubilee Hall at University campus in South Orange, entry is free and open to the public online. Register beforehand

“DR. Bernard LaFayette’s biography essentially covers the history of nonviolent civil rights activism in this country,” said Juan Rios, director of SHU’s Masters of Social Work program and director of Community Care & Justice. “DR. Martin Luther King Jr. hired Lafayette to lead some of the most important civil rights organizations and initiatives the nation has ever known. And the face of the 21st century is because of these important MLK decisions and the work of Dr. LaFayette clearly different – and better. “

South Orange Trustee Donna Coallier, Chair of the Village Health and Public Safety Committee and Leader of the Community Care & Justice Initiative, agreed, saying, “We are honored to have Dr. LaFayette in South Orange. As we lead restorative and transformative practices here in South Orange, it is imperative that we focus on the history, wisdom and accomplishments of leaders like Dr. Bernard LaFayette and Rev. Dr. Support Forrest Pritchett. “

LaFayette, a civil rights leader and activist for more than 60 years, has been arrested 30 times in his non-violent pursuit of social justice and equality before the law. He is a minister, educator, lecturer and recognized authority for the strategy of nonviolent social change. He was a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960 and was officially appointed by King in 1967 to lead it. In 1960 he led the sit-in in Nashville and in 1961 the Freedom Rides, and led the Alabama Voter Registration Project in Selma in 1962. He was named National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and National Campaign Coordinator Poor appointed.

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