Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Keynote Speaker for the 4th Annual King Peace Program
The AFSC Southern Regional Office will host its annual Peace Day Program at the King Center highlighting the historical connection between the AFSC and Dr. King’s work in the Civil Rights movement and beyond.
The program will include a social justice marketplace, a keynote speaker and cultural performances that engage the next generation of peacemakers with Dr. King’s message. This year’s speaker, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, shares a unique connection with both the AFSC and the King Center, as a former staff of the AFSC and a member of Dr. King’s inner circle.
When Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, it was greeted with much satisfaction by those associated with the American Friends Service Committee. For one thing, the AFSC had nominated him for the prize, a privilege of all former recipients. For another thing, AFSC had many connections with the great man in the fifties and sixties, and its social action during that time was interwoven with the Civil Rights Movement.
The Freedom Quilt Mural was designed and completed July 1988 on the AFSC Atlanta office building by artist David Fichter with the help of many volunteers. The men and women depicted committed their lives to the non-violent struggle for justice and peace.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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