Black History ‘Erryday’: Happy 89th Birthday James Lawson


James Morris Lawson Jr. 9/22/1928 Uniontown, PA.

Activist and professor.

Preacher’s kid.  His father and grandfather were ministers, as was he starting at age 17.

He refused the draft in 1951, was a conscientious objector and served 14 months in prison rather than take a student or ministerial deferment.

He was a mentor to SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee).

Followed the teachings of Gandhi.

In 1974 he led the Holman United Methodist Church in L.A..

He was portrayed in the 2013 movie The Butler.

Peace, love, joy, gratitude, faith, courage, compassion, and blessings.


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