The Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom of Antioch College (CSKC) will honor Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Opal Tometi. Dr. Lafayette and Ms. Tometi will receive the Coretta Scott King Legacy Award at the third annual Legacy Luncheon, Monday, April 29, 2019, at The Dayton (Racquet) Club, 40 N. Main St., at 11:00 AM.
The Luncheon commemorates the legacy of Coretta Scott King, an Antioch College alumna, and celebrates the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to advancing social justice.
The Luncheon is made possible through several generous sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor, Dave and Elaine Chappelle and Legacy Sponsor, The Dayton Foundation. Jenell Ross, President, Bob Ross Auto Group, and Stacy Thompson Speare-Hardy, Vice President, KeyBank, are this year’s Honorary Co-Chairs.
The Center will present Coretta Scott King Legacy Awards to both Dr. Bernard Lafayette, and Opal Tometi.
Dr. Lafayette is a longtime civil rights activist and organizer and a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He played a leading role in early organizing of the Selma Voting Rights Movement and was a member of the Nashville Student Movement. Dr. Lafayette worked closely throughout the 1960’s movements with groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the American Friends Service Committee.
Opal Tometi is a Nigerian-American human rights activist, writer, strategist, and community organizer. She is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter and former Executive Director at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
“We are thrilled to honor Ms. Tometi and Dr. Lafayette. They are both courageous and giving of themselves as change agents who are voices for civil rights and social justice: the core mission of the Coretta Scott King Center,” said CSKC Executive Director Mila P. Cooper.
“Given Antioch College’s commitment to deliberative democracy, diversity, and social justice, the Coretta Scott King Center at Antioch College is a vital asset to the community and campus,” said Tom Manley, Antioch College President. “The recognition awarded to civil rights leaders is both a real and symbolic expression of this commitment and importance of the Coretta Scott King Center here.”
Along with the Coretta Scott King Legacy Awards, the Center will honor other, local recipients, including the following individuals and organizations, with Coretta Scott King Center Justice Awards: Bomani Moyenda, Corine Fairbanks, Attorney Michael Wright, and Neighborhoods Over Politics.