Bernard Lafayette

Civil Rights LeadersFreedom Rides

Bernard Lafayette
Minister, Optimist, Activist
Selma, Alabama

In his youth he challenged segregated facilities through nonviolent direct action, was a Freedom Rider, and worked with SCLC in voter registration. He suffered violence, incarceration, and death threats for taking a stand against racial injustice. He has developed curricula in nonviolence and remains active in the movement for human freedom around the world.