James Lawson arrested on May 24, 1961 at a Bus station for non-violent activism
During his address on June 20, 2010 at the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict at Tufts University Reverend Lawson reflected back to the first time he heard about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and its significance at the time:
"December 6, 1955 that was the date when many people in the world learned of the beginning of theThe June 20, 2010 presentation is available below in its entirety and is required viewing for any nonviolent activist:
Montgomerybus boycott in ; a very simple stroke it was not initially called a non-violent movement. But Rosa Parks, Ed Nixon, Mary Jo Robinson, Martin King, Ralph Abernathy, and a host of other people who engaged that first effort sent a wave of hope around the world. I learned of it in Montgomery, Alabama Nagpur, Indiaon December 6 it was on the front pages of the papers of and on the radio. It was on front pages in Africa, Latin America and India Asiaalike. That in this nation of the United States the wealthiest the most powerful nation that our human history knows anything about. A simple business of a bus boycott began. It sent waves of hope and aspiration around the world." -- Rev. James Lawson, June 20, 2010
Rev. James Lawson returns to Vanderbilt University after his expulsion in 1960 do to his civil rights activities. Welcomed back as a faculty member 47 years later he would outline nonviolent resistance in the University's distinguished lecturers series.
Below are excerpts from the lectures Reverend Lawson gave at Vanderbilt as a distinguished lecturer in the fall of 2007. It is a treasure trove for the civic non-violent activist searching both for historical context and useful information for more effective activism.
The Non-Violence Struggle, 9/4/07, Part 1 of 2
The Non-Violence Struggle, 9/4/07, Part 2 of 2
The Non-Violence Struggle, 9/11/07, Part 1 of 2
The Non-Violence Struggle, 9/11/07, Part 2 of 2
The Non-Violence Struggle, 9/18/07, Part 1 of 2
The Non-Violence Struggle, 9/18/07, Part 2 of 2
Rev James Lawson The Non-Violence Struggle 9-25-2007