Bernard LaFayette Jr. (b. 1940) was a cofounder of the Student
Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a leader in the Nashville
lunch counter sit-ins, a Freedom Rider, an associate of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC), and the national coordinator of the Poor People's Campaign.
At the young age of twenty-two, he assumed the directorship of the
Alabama Voter Registration Project in Selma -- a city that had
previously been removed from the organization's list due to the
dangers of operating there.
In this electrifying memoir, written with Kathryn Lee Johnson,
LaFayette shares the inspiring story of his years in Selma. When he
arrived in 1963, Selma was a small, quiet, rural town. By 1965, it
had made its mark in history and was nationally recognized as a
battleground in the fight for racial equality and the site of one
of the most important victories for social change in our
LaFayette was one of the primary organizers of the 1965 Selma
voting rights movement and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, and he
relates his experiences of these historic initiatives in close
detail. Today, as the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting
Rights Act is still questioned, citizens, students, and scholars
alike will want to look to this book as a guide. Important,
compelling, and powerful, In Peace and Freedom presents a necessary
perspective on the civil rights movement in the 1960s from one of
its greatest leaders.
Subjects: History, Sociology
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