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Bernard Lafayette, longtime civil rights activist and organizer, will present “Nonviolence in a Time of Civil Unrest: Yesterday and Today” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium.

From May to November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives by traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South to fight segregation. Lafayette, then a 20-year-old college student, was among the original Freedom Riders. He continued to play a leading role in student and voting rights movements.

Lafayette is considered an authority on strategies for nonviolent social change.

The Feb. 20 event, sponsored by UPC Nebraska and the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services, is free for students with a valid NCard and $5 for faculty, staff and the public.

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