SNCC Co-Founder Will Speak at Annual Black Heritage Banquet

Feb. 3, 2012
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Dr. Bernard LaFayette, co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), will be the guest speaker at the Baylor University Association of Black Students' 25th annual Black Heritage Banquet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, on the fifth floor of Cashion Academic Center on the Baylor campus.

Lafayette, Distinguished-Scholar-In-Residence and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, co-founded SNCC in 1960. He was a leader of the 1960 Nashville Movement, the 1961 Freedom Rides and the 1965 Selma Movement. He also directed the 1962 Alabama Voter Registration Project and was appointed national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As well as being a civil rights movement activist, Lafayette has been a minister, educator, lecturer and is an authority on the strategy of nonviolent social change. He earned his bachelor's degree from the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tenn., and his master's of education and doctor of education degrees from Harvard University.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Baylor department of multicultural affairs. Dinner will be served.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased through the Baylor Ticket Office in the Bill Daniel Student Center (SUB) at 1311 S. Fifth St.

Cashion Academic Center is at 1401 S. Fourth St.

For more information, contact Kelley Kimple, coordinator for multicultural activities at Baylor, at (254) 710-4466.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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