Passing the Torch: From Selma to Today

Passing the Torch: From Selma to Today

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.


High Tech High Graduate School of Education, 2150 Cushing Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




About the Program:

Join former UN Ambassador Andrew YoungDr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., and Dr. Clarence B. Jones three pivotal figures of the 1960s civil rights movement, as they reflect on how the Selma to Montgomery march and other key actions led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Then consider what strategies can transform racist and unjust public policy today. 

Dr. Clarence B. Jones was the personal attorney and adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. during the height of the civil rights movement.  Attorney Jones was one of the few people allowed to visit King in solitary confinement and smuggled out the “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. was with Dr. King in Memphis on the morning of his assassination. In King’s final words to Lafayette, he said it was crucial to “institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.” Lafayette has spent his entire life steadfastly carrying out King’s very last words to him.

Andrew Young Jr. was the first African-American ambassador to the United Nations and became mayor of Atlanta.  He helped draw up the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Presented in collaboration with Gateway Educational Foundation.

All in the broader community are invited, including students, parents, and staff. Feel free to forward to others.

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