AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- The College of Liberal Arts will be offering a new course this upcoming spring semester that allows students to study the works, activism and nonviolence movements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The course will provide students insight on nonviolent movements that were influenced by King. Those movements will be based in South Africa, Nigeria, Colombia, Germany and others. 

The course is CCEN 3200: Leadership for a Global Society International Nonviolent Movements. It will be offered Mondays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will be taught by Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. Dr. Lafayette is a civil rights activist and associate of King. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and coordinated the 1968 Poor People's Campaign. He is the chair of the National Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and is also the 2018 Breeden Scholar in Residence at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities. Dr. Lafayette received his B.A. from the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee, and his Ed. M/Ed.D from Harvard University. 

Dr. Lafayette was a civil rights activist in Nashville, Tennessee (1960) and Selma, Alabama, (1965). He has several publications and has lectured around the globe as a consultant for peace and nonviolence.

Students who have a Minor in Community and Civic Engagement or Minor in Africana Studies, and a certificate in Leadership for the Global Society can get credit for this course. The course will also include guest speakers, group discussions and group projects.

For students who are interested in taking this course please contact Rachel Naftel at