Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr.

Title: Civil Rights Activist, Educator, Minister, Lecturer
Location: Tuskegee Institute, Alabama United States


  • Alabama Voter Registration Project, Selma, AL (director, 1962)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • American Friends Service Committee, Chicago Freedom Movement (urban affairs, director, 1965-1967)
  • Association for Kingian Nonviolence Education and Training Works, Founder (executive planning board)
  • Consortium on Peace Research, Education, and Development (chairperson)
  • Freedom Rides (leader, 1961)
  • Justice and Peace in Latin America (director)
  • Nashville Movement Lunch Counter Sit-Ins (leader, 1960)
  • Poor People’s Campaign by Martin Luther King, Jr. (national coordinator, 1968)
  • PUSH Excel Institute (director)
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) (national program administrator, 1968)
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) (co-cofounder, 1960)
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minister


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2020)
  • Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2017)
  • Recipient, “I Am a Man” Award, Memphis, TN (2016)
  • Recipient, Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace (2016)
  • Recipient, Lillian Smith Book Award for In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma (May 2014)
  • Recipient, National Freedom Award, National Civil Rights Museum (2012)
  • Recipient, Rhode Island Diversity Lifetime Achievement Award, (2005)
  • Recipient, Bill of Rights Award, Tennessee American Civil Liberties Union (1999)

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