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 "Passing the Torch—From Selma to Today" to Showcase Lessons from Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

​Hear from three civil rights icons at Passing the Torch--From Selma to Today. The Feb. 20 program will feature three speakers from the civil rights movement of the 1960s:  

  • Dr. Clarence B. Jones was the personal attorney and adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. during the height of the civil rights movement. 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.

The speakers will reflect on how the Selma to Montgomery march and other key actions led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and consider what strategies can be used to transform unjust public policy today.  

Passing the Torch—From Selma to Today is presented in collaboration with Gateway Educational Foundation. All in the broader community are invited, including students, parents, and staff. 

This free event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. Local educators, students, parents, and other community members are invited to attend. RSVP here.