‘MTSU On the Record,’ Undergrad Symposium hears civil rights vet

A distinguished scholar and civil rights veteran will grace the airwaves on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Bernard Lafayette Jr., co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, will air from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org ).

Bernard Lafayette Jr.

Bernard Lafayette Jr.

Lafayette will address MTSU’s 24th Undergraduate Symposium from 1 to 2:25 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Lafayette book cover webA searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking2015-16. Off-campus visitors attending the event should obtain a special one-day permit from MTSU’s Office of Parking and Transportation at www.mtsu.edu/parking/visit.php.

Lafayette was a leader of the 1960 Nashville Movement, the 1961 Freedom Rides and the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

He is co-author with Kathryn Lee Johnson of “In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma.”

Since 2006, he has held the position of distinguished senior scholar-in-residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

“In many cases, the leaders today among young adults have not had the benefit of the training that we got,” Lafayette said of young people’s involvement in nonviolent social change today.

“It made a difference to have that kind of training and that kind of background.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.

For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.