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Welcome Home to the Sacred Activist. The Spiritual Activist Network
Published: 2013/01/12
Channel: Bernard Alvarez
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April 9, 1968 - Jacqueline and Edward Kennedy attending Martin Luther King's Funeral
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i-D Meets: Hari Nef
Published: 2016/12/15
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Published: 2014/08/11
Channel: O'Reilly
Russell Simmons - If You Want Money, You Have to Give Money
Russell Simmons - If You Want Money, You Have to Give Money
Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: The War on Mind and Body
Jesse Jackson and Bernard Kerik on Ferguson - Newsnight
Jesse Jackson and Bernard Kerik on Ferguson - Newsnight
Published: 2014/08/20
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Top 10 Divorce of Same Sex Married Couples
Published: 2017/02/10
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Video From Aboard the Gaza Flotilla
Published: 2010/06/15
Channel: The Nation
Reduced To Joy - Mark Nepo (The justBernard Show)
Reduced To Joy - Mark Nepo (The justBernard Show)
Published: 2013/12/19
Channel: Bernard Alvarez
SOCIAL JUSTICE: The Legacy of Jimmy Boggs
SOCIAL JUSTICE: The Legacy of Jimmy Boggs
Published: 2009/03/24
Channel: FLYPMedia
The FBI
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Published: 2016/06/04
Channel: The Film Archives
Michael Savage - Suspicious Death of Dr. Daniel Kliman
Michael Savage - Suspicious Death of Dr. Daniel Kliman
Published: 2008/12/08
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Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: TEDx Talks
Welcome Home Again
Welcome Home Again
Published: 2010/06/29
Channel: Bernard Alvarez
Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show w/ Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith
Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show w/ Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith
Published: 2012/02/13
Channel: Jesse Lee Peterson
The Esoteric Agenda - Ben Stewart on The justBernard Show
The Esoteric Agenda - Ben Stewart on The justBernard Show
Published: 2011/10/18
Channel: Bernard Alvarez
Those Who Do not Trust cannot be Trusted
Those Who Do not Trust cannot be Trusted
Published: 2011/05/21
Channel: Bernard Alvarez
Earth Catastrophes and the Possibility of War
Earth Catastrophes and the Possibility of War
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: Afrodeity Stone The Starseed Healer
On Wide Lens Focus on Activism to Stop Geoengineering
On Wide Lens Focus on Activism to Stop Geoengineering
Published: 2015/08/12
Channel: Jolie Diane
Atiya Lee
Atiya Lee's Undercover Circus Mission
Published: 2015/11/30
Channel: Love Atiya
Bernard Warner Talks Gangs, Prisons at UCLA
Bernard Warner Talks Gangs, Prisons at UCLA
Published: 2011/05/09
Channel: UCLA
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Morgellon's, Chemtrails and Consciousness- Roxy Lopez and Bernard Alvarez LIVE
Published: 2012/04/19
Channel: Bernard Alvarez
2016: 1st Presidential Election w/o Voting Rights Protections in 50 Years
2016: 1st Presidential Election w/o Voting Rights Protections in 50 Years
Published: 2016/04/22
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Spend the Night with Alan Cumming (Clip 1: BREXIT)
Published: 2016/09/23
Channel: Commonwealth Club
Peter Coyote: On Zen, Politics and an Amazing Life
Peter Coyote: On Zen, Politics and an Amazing Life
Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: Commonwealth Club
Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show w/ YouTube Star Jefferson Bethke-Love Jesus Hate Religion
Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show w/ YouTube Star Jefferson Bethke-Love Jesus Hate Religion
Published: 2012/01/18
Channel: Jesse Lee Peterson
Danny Glover Endorses Bernie Sanders
Danny Glover Endorses Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/02/26
Channel: Bernie Sanders
A new slant on racism: Simon Tam at TEDxUofW
A new slant on racism: Simon Tam at TEDxUofW
Published: 2014/06/17
Channel: TEDx Talks
Jason Johnson on the Jesse Lee Peterson Show [part 4]
Jason Johnson on the Jesse Lee Peterson Show [part 4]
Published: 2008/02/05
Channel: Hiram College
Ken O’Keefe _ Ex US Marine _ exposing the Zionist Movement
Ken O’Keefe _ Ex US Marine _ exposing the Zionist Movement's 2014/2015
Published: 2015/07/16
Channel: World Peace
Malcolm X Assassinated - 1965 | Today In History | 21 Feb 17
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Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: AP Archive
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Sheryl Lee Ralph -Mocha Award on CACE INT'L TV.
Published: 2012/12/22
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Spiritual Evolution - Gwilda Wiyaka and Bernard Alvarez
Spiritual Evolution - Gwilda Wiyaka and Bernard Alvarez
Published: 2013/04/16
Channel: Bernard Alvarez
Egypt: The final days of an activist
Egypt: The final days of an activist
Published: 2013/08/19
Channel: CNN
My Stance on Trade Differs from Secretary Clinton
My Stance on Trade Differs from Secretary Clinton's | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Bernie Sanders
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Published: 2014/11/25
Channel: CNN
Homestead Arts and Food Integrity (The justBernard Show)
Homestead Arts and Food Integrity (The justBernard Show)
Published: 2013/04/12
Channel: Bernard Alvarez
SAMELLA LEWIS  | THE  PIONEERING VISUAL ARTIST AND EDUCATOR 1
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Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: Black Art News™
ME: Labor Leader, Charlie Finn (IAM) on Union Activism
ME: Labor Leader, Charlie Finn (IAM) on Union Activism
Published: 2008/07/21
Channel: Bernard Pollack
Wisconsin, Please Vote on Tuesday | Bernie Sanders
Wisconsin, Please Vote on Tuesday | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Bernie Sanders
WHAT You Should KNOW About JEREMY CORBYN?
WHAT You Should KNOW About JEREMY CORBYN?
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: Crowdopic
Panel Discussion: Shareholder Activism and the Public Interest
Panel Discussion: Shareholder Activism and the Public Interest
Published: 2016/08/21
Channel: European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
Spike Lee on Kaepernick, Muhammad Ali, Black history, civil rights
Spike Lee on Kaepernick, Muhammad Ali, Black history, civil rights
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: Parminder Parmar
No Prisons for Women!
No Prisons for Women!
Published: 2016/01/19
Channel: Bernard Chapin
Lesbian Activist Felons
Lesbian Activist Felons
Published: 2008/12/30
Channel: Bernard Chapin
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Judge Joe Brown On The Art Of War & OrigINs Of The Bush & Roosevelt Family Fortunes
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: WeAllBeTV
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Published: 2014/02/16
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Published: 2013/07/28
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Bernard Lee (2 October 1935 – 10 February 1991) was an activist and member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the Civil Rights Movement. He was key associate of Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil Rights Movement[edit]

Lee began his civil rights career as a student at Alabama State College, from which he was expelled after leading more than half the student body in a march on the Alabama capitol.[1] During demonstrations for equal library access in 1960, he said: "My grandfather had only a prayer to help him. I have a prayer and an education."[2]

Bernard Lee was a courageous student activist, a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). While attending Alabama State University (ASU), he led a sit-in at the Alabama state capitol cafeteria. He was expelled from ASU for the event after the governor threatened the university president, saying he would withhold funding from the HBCU if Lee was not expelled. So, he transferred to Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia to work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Martin Luther King Jr, where he contributed to the Poor People’s Campaign and was at King's side after his assassination. Lee later worked for the U.S. Government under President Carter and for Washington D.C. under Mayor Barry (Source NAACP 2014) (http://www.blackpast.org/aah/morris-brown-college-1885)

Lee was King's personal assistant and traveling companion for many years. He was arrested with King in 1960 and left the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1961 so that he could work full-time with King and the SCLC. He participated in the 1961 freedom rides and helped to orchestrate the Birmingham Campaign in 1963.[3] He went to Chicago with King in 1965. In January 1967, he was one of few in to accompany King to Jamaica while he wrote Where Do We Go From Here?[4]

Lee was closer to King than any other member of the Civil Rights Movement, so much that by some accounts he began to identify with King completely. According to historian Taylor Branch: "Lee had already come to dress like King, walk like King, and even to imitate King's long, measured phrases."[5]

Lee worked on the Poor People's Campaign after King's death in 1968.[3] He also became vice president of the SCLC, which diminished in power over the following years.[6]

Lee was directly privy to FBI targeting of King under COINTELPRO, having been present when King received a letter from the FBI urging him to commit suicide.[3] Lee sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1977 in an effort to force the release of recordings of King, collected by FBI wiretaps and bugs. Judge John Lewis denied the request and ordered the records sealed for 50 years.[7]

Later life[edit]

Lee worked during the Carter administration as a civil rights advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency. During this time he joined with other Black members of the administration to express concern over its policies toward Africa and African Americans.[8]

In 1985, Lee received a master's degree in Divinity from Howard University, and became the chaplain at Lorton Prison in Virginia.[3]

In 1989, he was involved in a public dispute with Ralph Abernathy over Abernathy's book And The Walls Came Tumbling Down. Lee criticized Abernathy's book, which supported rumors about King's extramarital sex life.[9][10]

Lee died of heart failure in 1991.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patterson Toby Graham, A Right to Read: Segregation and Civil Rights in Alabama's Public Libraries, 1900-1965, University of Alabama Press, 2002, ISBN 9780817311445, pp. 75–76.
  2. ^ Patterson Toby Graham, A Right to Read: Segregation and Civil Rights in Alabama's Public Libraries, 1900-1965, University of Alabama Press, 2002, ISBN 9780817311445, pp. 70–71.
  3. ^ a b c d "Lee, Bernard Scott (1935-1991)", Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, accessed 7 November 2012.
  4. ^ Steve Fayer, Henry Hampton, Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s, Random House Digital, 1991.
  5. ^ Taylor Branch, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63, New York: 9780671687427, Simon & Schuster, 1989, ISBN , p. 558. (See: America in the King Years.)
  6. ^ Michael Blim, "Abernathy's civil-rights group falters: Money troubles persist", Christian Science Monitor, 29 August 1974, p. 5B.
  7. ^ "Judge orders seal on King wiretaps", Deseret News (UPI), 1 February 1977.
  8. ^ Terrence Smith, "Black Aids Discuss Concern Over Carter Record", New York Times, 16 May 1979; accessed via ProQuest.
  9. ^ Ralph Abernathy interview with Brian Lamb, C-SPAN, 29 October 1989.
  10. ^ James S. Kunen, Jane Sanderson, Tom Nugent, Elizabeth Velez, "A Bitter Battle Erupts Over the Last Hours of Martin Luther King", People 32(18), 30 October 1989.
  11. ^ "Obituary: Rev. Bernard Lee, 55, Civil Rights Advocate". The New York Times. February 14, 1991. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 

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