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2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Event: Nonviolence in a Time of Civil Unrest

February 9 from 3:00 pm4:00 pm

From the Freedom Rides and Selma voter registration to advising the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri in peaceful protest

Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.

Please join us for the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event at Massasoit Community College.

Special guest Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. presents Nonviolence in a Time of Civil Unrest: Yesterday and Today. This is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever, seen through the eyes of a 20 year old student. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment – for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.

Dr. Lafayette co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960 with his college roommate, Rep. John Lewis. He directed the Selma, 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. In the last few years, he has had the great pleasure of working/counseling the wonderful people of Ferguson, Missouri in peaceful nonviolent protest.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be held virtually. Register online here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information to join the event.

Accommodation Statement

Massasoit Community College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions related to access for this event, please contact Rachel Daniel in advance of your participation or visit.


February 9
3:00 pm–4:00 pm
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