The “Freedom Riders” Documentary (held on October 27, 2011 at the Ann Arbor District Library) was a big success. Thanks to all who made it out! Rev. Dr. Lafayette was the guest speaker at the event. His brief bio is below:
The Rev. Dr. Lafayette is the distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is an ordained minister, is a longtime civil rights activist, organizer, and an authority on nonviolent social change. He cofounded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, and he was a core leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, TN, in 1960 and in Selma, AL, in 1965. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and he was appointed by Martin Luther King, Jr. to be national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.