Nonviolent Social Change

Summer of Peace 2012 > Community Peacebuilding > Nonviolence
Broadcast on July 16, 2012
With Dr. Bernard Lafayette

Dr. Bernard Lafayette

Co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Minister, Civil Rights Activist

The Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, an ordained minister, is a longtime civil rights activist, organizer, and an authority on nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, and he was a core leader of the civil rights movement in Nasheville, 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.

His publications include the Curriculum and Training Manual for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Nonviolent Community Leadership Training Program, his doctoral thesis, Pedagogy for Peace and Nonviolence, and The Leaders Manual: A Structured Guide and Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence with David Jehnsen. He has traveled extensively to many countries as a lecturer and consultant on peace and nonviolence.

Dr. LaFayette is a former President of the American Baptist College of ABT Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee; Scholar in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia; and Pastor emeritus of the Progressive Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the Founder and National President of God-Parents Clubs, Inc., a national community based program aimed at preventing the systematic incarceration of young Black youth; a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and founder of the Association For Kingian Nonviolence, Education and Training Works.

He is now recognized as a major authority on strategies for nonviolent social change, and is also recognized as one of the leading exponents of nonviolent direct action in the world.