DECATUR-- With violent crime over the last couple of months here in Decatur; who better to address the problem than a man handpicked by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself?
Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. was the keynote speaker over the weekend at the 27th annual MLK Celebration Banquet. LaFayette shared his first hand experiences dealing with racial equality and violence during his days on Kings campaign as well as his views on stopping violence in Decatur and the US as a whole.
“We need to institutionalize non-violence. I have been able to secure over 40 centers throughout the world in universities, churches, and even prisons. The whole idea is to address these problems of violence by helping people learn how to approach them in such a way that transforms the way they not only act, but think about a situation,” LaFayette said.
Over 300 people were in attendance including Mayor Mike McElroy as well as several people from the City Council and Macon County Board.