Date of Event: October 31, 2003
Location: University of Mississippi
Rev. James Lawson was an important activist in the early days of the Civil Rights movement and was a leader in teaching and practicing nonviolence. He studied nonviolence in India before returning to the United States to study theology. Rev. Lawson was active in the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He has also advocated for immigrant rights and a living wage and has opposed the war in Iraq.
Rev. Lawson delivered the keynote address for “The International Conference on Race: Racial Reconciliation,” sponsored by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. The conference took place at the University of Mississippi on 10/31/03.
More information on the conference can be found here.
Rev. Lawson’s speech:
The full event can also be viewed here.