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The public is invited to a book talk by Bernard LaFayette Jr., author of "In Peace and Freedom: My
Journey in Selma," on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

LaFayette was a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating committee, 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, and the national coordinator of the Poor People's Campaign. At the age of 22, 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 angers of operating there. In his 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 is a Distinguished Senior Scholar in Residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, and the Chair of the National Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He is the 2018 Breeden Scholar in Residence at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St.