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50th Anniversary Commemorating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with Rev. Jim Lawson

50th Anniversary Commemorating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with Rev. Jim Lawson

WhenOct 09, 2014
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
WhereRoom 101, Agricultural Sciences & Industries Building

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Civil rights leader Rev. Jim  Lawson will be speaking on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on Thursday, October 9, 7:00 p.m., Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building.

From right to left, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Rev. James M. Lawson Jr, and other meeting in April 1968 in Memphis during the city sanitation strike.

A supporter of the Gandhian philosophy of nonviolent protest, the Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr. 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, sponsored by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center,National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) We The People Challenge GrantRock Ethics InstituteAfricana Research Center, and Penn State University Libraries, is free and open to the public.

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please consult with the Richards Center at (814) 863-0151 or RCWEC@psu.edu in advance of your participation or visit.

No person shall, on grounds of race, color, ,or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance. Civil Rights Act of 1964