benjamin chavis & sam p collins

Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (left) and Sam P.K. Collins, founder of All Eyes on D.C., take questions during a lecture on the Black Lives Matter movement and the Civil Rights Movement at the Thurgood Marashall Center in Washington, D.C. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA News Wire)

*(Via Black Press USA) – For many elders who participated in the Black Liberation Movement of the ’60s and ’70s, the burgeoning #Black Lives Matter movement is history repeating itself — in a good way.

Benjamin Chavis, famed civil rights leader and president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), emphasized the need to support the youth on the front lines during his first of 10 lectures in a series at the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage in Northwest, Washington, D.C.

“This lecture series will be a part of an accumulation of archives and documents to be made available to those in D.C. and around the world,” Chavis said. “It’s our responsibility to make sure our young people know more then what we know.”

Chavis spoke of the significance of the lecture series being held at the Thurgood Marshall Center.

“Thurgood Marshall was much more than the first African-American on the Supreme Court. He was a freedom-fighting lawyer and intellectual,” Chavis said. “Everybody talks about the Brown decision, but you have to look at all of the struggle before that.

“What does Thurgood Marshall have to do with Black Lives Matter? Everything,” he said.

Get the rest of this NNPA story at Black Press USA.