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- American civil rights activist
LANCASTER — To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ohio University Lancaster’s Diversity Committee, OHIO Regional Higher Education and Ohio University’s MLK Jr. Celebration Planning Committee is hosting a week-long celebration of events. The University's 21st annual celebration, with the theme, “UNITY, CommUNITY, and OpportUNITY,” will take place Jan. 17-22.
Beginning at 7 p.m., Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr., a distinguished OHIO alum, will moderate a live webinar where he will interview the Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr.
An original Freedom Rider, the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960 and was a core leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, TN, in 1960 and in Selma, AL, in 1965.
As part of the May 17th Nashville Student Movement Ride, Lafayette endured jail time in Birmingham, riots and fire bombings in Montgomery, AL, and arrest in Jackson, MS, and jail time at Parchman State Prison Farm during June 1961. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962. He was appointed by Dr. 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.
“We are excited to host this very special event for our campus and community.” said Pamela Kaylor, Diversity Committee member. “It is so important to learn about the crucial work started by Dr. King Jr. that has continued over the last sixty years by others, like Dr. Lafayette Jr. and Dr. Sullivan Jr.”.
To watch the presentation by Dr. Lafayette Jr. virtually, register at: https://bit.ly/Lancaster_MLK
This article originally appeared on Lancaster Eagle-Gazette: News briefs: OHIO Lancaster to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.