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The Rev. James Lawson on the Non-Violence Struggle by Rev. James Lawson

The Rev. James Lawson on the Non-Violence Struggle

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by Rev. James Lawson

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This podcast contains video from the Rev. James Lawson's Fall 2007 course, "The Non-Violence Struggle." The entire course will be available as the semester proceeds.

Lawson is a civil rights pioneer and Vanderbilt Distinguished University Professor. He was hailed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.” As a divinity student at Vanderbilt in the late 1950s, Lawson trained and led activists in Nashville’s successful sit-ins to end segregated lunch counters. He also played a leading role in the march on Washington and the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike.

Lawson’s activism led to his expulsion from Vanderbilt. After protests by some at Vanderbilt, he was invited to return in 1960, but he chose to finish his degree elsewhere. In 2005, Lawson received Vanderbilt's Distinguished Alumnus Award and is now a Distinguished Visiting Professor.

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