In Peace and Freedom : My Journey in Selma

by LaFayette, Bernard, Jr.,

Format: Print Book 2013
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Summary

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 nation.

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.

Additional Information
Series Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century.
Subjects LaFayette, Bernard, -- Jr.
Selma to Montgomery Rights March -- (1965 : -- Selma, Ala.)
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Alabama -- Selma -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Suffrage -- Alabama -- Selma -- History -- 20th century.
African American civil rights workers -- Biography.
Selma (Ala.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects.
Publisher Lexington, Kentucky :The University Press of Kentucky,2013
Contributors Johnson, Kathryn Lee, 1951- author.
Language English
Description xiv, 195 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-185) and index.
ISBN 9780813143866 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0813143861 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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