Bernard Lafayette Jr. spoke about his role in the Civil Rights Movement at Eastern Connecticut State University on Oct. 9 2013. To encourage young people to understand the importance of their right to vote, he suggested holding a public birthday party for eighteen-year-olds where the cost of admission would be to show their voter registration cards. ECSU contributed photo.
By Akaya McElveen | Eastern Connecticut State University student
Bernard Lafayette Jr., a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement, spoke on “Reaching Beyond Your Grasp” as part of Eastern Connecticut State University’s “University Hour Series” on Oct. 9.
More than 200 Eastern students, faculty and staff heard Lafayette say – in response to a question asked by a student – that he was “glad” and “shocked” to still be alive today… Lafayette’s life has been threatened on many occasions, he said.
Lafayette told the audience that before he and his peers decided to take part in the Freedom Rides, he created a will.
Having made that level of commitment, Lafayette said his philosophy was, “No one can take your life if you’ve already given it.”
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