“Be prepared to suffer,” were the words of discouragement instilled in him by his father from an early age, when his interest in activism and civil rights began to nourish at the age of 10-years-old. Born out of the fear of reprisal, his parents and teachers relentlessly discouraged him from the life of advocacy that his spirit inclined him to; but ignoring and disobeying their wishes to pursue what he knew was right, was one of his early acts of civil disobedience.
A respected photojournalist, with 54 years dedicated to the cause of civil rights, Mr. Nathan Knight is both a soldier for equity, and the publisher of National Civil Rights News, a publication established in 2009, focused on disseminating news regarding all peoples and causes.
A paperboy for The Future Outlook, a local Greensboro black paper, Knight’s future in both media and activism seemed almost predestined. Born in Tarboro, North Carolina, Knight’s
first introduction to the movement came through a chance meeting with civil rights leader Robert Williams, whom he encountered over the summer at the tender age of 10, while traveling the state of North Carolina with his brother-in-law.
Impressionable and resistant to what he considered “contradicting slave mentality threats”, the Young Knight, was further interested in the movement by his Boy Scouts leaders who were active also in the movement. Knight snuck away to attend speeches and rallies daily at
the quadrangle of North Carolina A&T State University.
Living through segregated lunch counters, the unlawful arrest of the Wilmington 10, the
persecution of Angela Davis by the FBI, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and JFK; and even recent events like Jena 6; Knight’s life has been a long-fought struggle to mobilize youth, to support the original objectives for SCLC set by Dr. Martin Luther King–and now
the late Rev. Howard W. Creecy; and to reform a justice
system built on perpetuating the recriminalization of black youth…
The great-grandfather of a great-grandson Sekondi Landry, who serves as an SCLC Youth Ambassador and as a library and social activist, Knight has influenced the lives of countless youth and successfully created the exhibit “Race Riots of 1898-1927,” a traveling art exhibit; and he has also received special acknowledgement from former SCLC president Charles Steele, who presented him with a letter of thanks for his role in helping to increase the level of visibility for the organization.
Knight is currently in support of the Occupy Movement, where his involvement includes teaching the lessons of conflict resolution to members of the movement and Kingian philosophy, which he learned from Bernard Lafayette and Charles Alphin. Knight has been inspired to deliver to the
new-generation of activist the same instructions that he was fortunate to receive from leaders like the Rev. Taylor of SCLC.
Knight is a member of various organizations including SCLC, African
America for the Arts, WonderRoot, and Rainbow Push; and he is a member of Abundant Life Church in Decatur, GA.