Tuesday, June 11, 2024

RIP James Lawson

James Lawson taught nonviolent resistance to a generation of civil rights leaders that ended government-imposed, mandatory discrimination.  
  •  The protests forced a reckoning, and Nashville became the first Southern city to desegregate its downtown lunch counters in 1960. 
  • Vanderbilt expelled Lawson in 1960 due to his leadership role in the sit-ins. Lawson later reconciled with Vanderbilt, and the university created an institute in his honor.
Obituary:  Axios Nashville

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