Posted on December 09, 2015, BY Matthew Beltz

UPDATE: After the Wednesday event featuring Rev. Jim Lawson had to be cancelled due to weather-related travel delays, Rev. Lawson will now appear tonight with Nyle Fort, who was previously scheduled to speak this evening.

This evening, please join us for a once-in-a-lifetime event. At 7 pm, in the Elaine Langone Center Forum, Civil Rights legend, Rev. Jim Lawson, will converse with the Bucknell community about his life's work and his experiences with Dr. King and non-violence. Following Rev. Lawson's conversation, Nyle Fort, Movement for Black Lives activist, will speak briefly about the connections he finds between contemporary protest movements, current events, and the Civil Rights strategies of the 1960s.

Following Fort's discussion, he and Rev. Lawson will engage in a cross-generational conversation. This evening promises to be a very special and rare opportunity to engage with questions and issues that were a primary focus of Dr. King.

This event is open to the public and no RSVP is required.

The Rev. Jim Lawson was once called "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world" by his friend and former colleague, Dr. King. He was a major part of the 1960s Civil Rights movement, which included helping coordinate the Freedom Rides in 1961 and the Meredith March in 1966, as well as founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He will share his experiences in this rare public appearance.

Martin Luther King Jr. Week at Bucknell is a week's worth of programming presented by the President's Diversity Council. The theme of this miniseries is The Violence of Hate, and it is intended to engage our community in a conversation about Dr. King's legacy and philosophies, violence, and ways to address this seemingly intractable problem.

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