bernard-lafayette_JPEGNoted civil rights activist the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. will give a free talk at Brookdale Community College on February 23. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.)

Press release from Brookdale Community College

On the morning of Tuesday, February 23, noted activist and author the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. will meet with local students and discuss his experience as a core leader of the 1960’s civil rights movement, during a free talk at Brookdale Community College.

Lafayette’s talk, scheduled for 11:30 am and titled “Your Life: A Celebration of Peace and Social Justice Yesterday and Today,” is open to all members of the public. It will be held in the Student Life Center building on the BCC campus.

One of the original Freedom Riders and a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Lafayette endured riots, fire bombings and multiple arrests while fighting for civil rights in Alabama and Tennessee throughout the 1960’s.

He directed the SNCC’s voter registration drive in Alabama in 1962, and was appointed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1968. He also served as national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. His book, “In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma,” was published in 2013.

Parking for the SLC building is in lots 6 and 7. For more information go here or call (732)224-2390.