A civil rights leader will pay a visit to Emory University on Tuesday to talk about his experience on the front lines of the modern movement.
The Rev. Bernard LaFayette Jr. will discuss his new book on Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. at the Robert W. Woodruff Library. The event is free and open to the public.
LaFayette is a distinguished senior scholar in residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and national board chair for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He will talk about his recent memoir “In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma.” He will then sign his book, which will be for sale at the event.
The talk follows the Nov. 21 visit by Rev. C.T. Vivian, LaFayette’s colleague who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In the 1960s, the two participated in marches, sit-ins and Freedom Rides, were beaten and arrested, and served time in the Parchman State Farm Prison (Mississippi State Penitentiary).