- Don’t forget! Bernard LaFayette Jr., civil rights leader and author of In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma, will be speaking at the University of Kentucky tomorrow, March 25, at 7 pm. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear from the man who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and headed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in Selma, Alabama. Take a look at this excerpt from the chapter “Central Alabama Heats Up”:
One night I was driving back from Wilcox County alone, and three vehicles were blocking the road ahead. It looked like trouble, so I had to decide whether to turn around and go back to safety, swerve off the side of the road around them, or just pull up to them and stop. I decided that if it was my time to go, then I’d just take my chances…An old man aimed a double-barrel shotgun straight at my head, his hands shaking. He looked at me and said, “Hey, are you the one who can’t say ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir’?”
I told him, “I don’t have a problem with those words. I can say them just fine.” I turned and stared straight into the muzzle of his shotgun and said, “Yes sir, no sir, yes sir, no sir.”
Join us tomorrow evening at the Martin Luther King Center in the Student Center of the University of Kentucky to hear more from this inspiring man.