News Release: Events, Religion and Ethics

Oct. 22,  2009

Renowned Civil Rights Leader to Speak at Emory

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The Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Distinguished Professor in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding and senior scholar-in-residence at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, will present the school's annual Howard Thurman Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The free public event will be held at 11 a.m. in room 102 of the theology school building, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322. The Thurman Lecture, named for pastor, poet, critic and educator the Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman, is sponsored by the school's Program of Black Church Studies.

LaFayette is a longtime civil rights activist, organizer and authority on nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960, and was a core leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, Tenn., in 1960 and in Selma, Ala., in 1965. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962 and 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.

LaFayette has authored books on realizing nonviolent change, including a community leaders' workbook, "The Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Program: Strategies for Responding to Conflict and Violence" (1998).

During his time at Emory and Candler, LaFayette is working with the university’s Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding Initiative and training a variety of students on campus through the Initiative.

The annual Thurman Lecture is one of many events sponsored by Candler's Program of Black Church Studies. Other activities include chapel worship, orientation and support events as well as the annual Anna Julia Cooper Lecture and the Bishop James S. Thomas Lecture. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, program director and Candler associate professor, 404.727.4436.

About Candler School of Theology

Candler School of Theology, Emory University, is an intellectually vital, internationally distinguished, and intentionally diverse university-based school of theology. Candler is committed to educating ministers, scholars of religion, and other leaders. Candler is dedicated to expanding knowledge of religion and theology, deepening spiritual life, strengthening the public witness of the churches, and building upon the breadth of Christian traditions, particularly the Wesleyan heritage, for the positive transformation of church and world. It is one of 13 United Methodist Church seminaries, and its enrollment includes more than 500 students from more than 50 denominations.

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