Civil rights leader to commemorate 50th anniversary of 1964 act

September 09, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Civil rights leader the Rev. Jim  Lawson will be speaking on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in Room 101, Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus of Penn State.

A supporter of the Gandhian philosophy of nonviolent protest, Lawson was one of the Civil Rights Movement's leading theoreticians and tacticians in the African-American struggle for freedom and equality in the 1950s and 1960s.

Rev. Lawson helped coordinate the Freedom Rides in 1961 and the Meredith March in 1966, and while working as a pastor at the Centenary Methodist Church in Memphis, played a major role in the sanitation workers strike of 1968. On the eve of his assassination, Martin Luther King called Lawson "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world."

The event is free and open to the public. Sponsors are the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) We The People Challenge Grant, Rock Ethics Institute, Africana Research Center and Penn State's University Libraries.

For questions or requests for any type of accommodation, contact the Richards Center at 814-863-0151 or rcwec@psu.edu by email.

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