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Public Trust & Collective Imagination: The 7th Annual Civic Institute

September 9 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm CDT

The 7th Annual Civic Institute will explore the importance of building public trust and collectively reimagining civic life in Alabama.

This year’s Civic Institute explores the critical role that trust plays in building and sustaining public life. You will hear from Alabamians working to mend the frayed bonds of public trust in our state so that we may collectively imagine a better future for our communities. From investigative journalism to soul food diplomacy, you’ll have a front-row seat to hear all about the restorative work being done to bring Alabamians closer together.

  • Keynote Address by Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr.

Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. is a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, a minister, educator, lecturer and an expert on the strategy of Nonviolent Social Change. He has devoted his life heeding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call to “institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.” Dr. LaFayette was a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. He was a leader of the Nashville Movement Lunch Counter Sit-Ins of 1960, and the Freedom Rides of 1961.He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in Selma in 1962. He was appointed National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Coordinator of the Poor People’s Campaign by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. An ordained minister, Dr. LaFayette earned his B. A . from the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee, and his Ed.M. and Ed.D from Harvard University.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


American Village
3727 Hwy 119
Montevallo,AL35115United States
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