Bernard LafayetteEarlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court brought issues of voting rights back to the forefront of national conversation. For the Rev. Bernard Lafayette, Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence, the subject never left. recently profiled Lafayette along with several other voting rights activists, telling stories about what was a life-and-death struggle in every sense of the term. Lafayette, for instance, worked to register African American voters in Alabama, and for that he was beaten and pistol whipped.

"I wasn't sure whether or not I was going to survive Selma," Lafayette says.

Others weren’t so fortunate.

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