Carroll Roundup

March 28, 2001

Civil rights leader to give WMC honors talk

Bernard LaFayette will present the 2001 Honors Program Lecture at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College.

LaFayette, who has a degree from American Baptist College in Nashville, Tenn., will discuss his 50 years in the civil rights movement and his dedication to nonviolence.

When LaFayette was a young preacher, he co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which was extremely active in black voter registration throughout the deep South.

He also led the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins in 1960 that resulted in the official desegregation of the city's business district. He was a frequent Freedom Rider in 1961 trying to integrate interstate bus travel.

In 1962, LaFayette insisted on going to Selma, although other SNCC organizers warned him that Alabama was too dangerous for voting rights workers. His registration work there was so successful that white supremacists planned to kill him.

He was scheduled to die June 12, 1963, in an elaborate assassination plot that left civil rights worker Medgar Evers dead in Mississippi and LaFayette beaten outside his Selma home.

LaFayette was with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis in April 1968, but left Lorraine Motel early April 4, the day King was killed, to continue work in Washington on the Poor People's Campaign.

He is distinguished-scholar-in-residence and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at University of Rhode Island and pastor emeritus of Progressive Baptist Church in Nashville.

He also is chairman of the International Nonviolence Executive Planning Board.

The lecture is free to the public. Information: 410-857-2290.

Commissioners to hold public hearing on zoning

The Carroll County commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the county zoning ordinance at 7 p.m. April 4 at Liberty High School.

The proposed ordinance would restrict adult entertainment businesses' proximity to certain entities.

County staff will take questions and comments on the amendment at 11 a.m. Friday in Room 300A in the County Office Building.

The ordinance may be reviewed and copies obtained at the Office of the County Clerk and Carroll County public library branches. Written comments can be addressed to the clerk if received by April 4. Comments may be sent to Steven C. Horn, director, Department of Planning, Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157.

Liberty High is at 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

Information: 410-386-2145.

St. Stephen's sets lectures for Lent this weekend

St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church will hold Lenten lectures at 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday with speaker the Right Rev. Ray R. Sutton.

The dean of Cranmer Theological House and Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of the Midwest, Sutton has been influential in the Reformed Episcopal Church.

He has written two books, "That You May Prosper" and "Second Chance."

Music for the services will be provided by St. Stephen's Classical Christian Academy students, the chancel choir and praise choir.

The church is at 2275 Liberty Road, Eldersburg. Information: 410-795-1249.

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