James M. Lawson, Jr. has spent his lifetime refusing to comply with that which is unjust, that which is violent, and that which is immoral. For this, he has garnered little fame but has transformed the lives of countless people suffering from discrimination and oppression in all of their forms. This study examines the life, work, and nonviolent philosophy of James M. Lawson, Jr. and the evolution of his philosophy over time. From his intensive studies of Howard Thurman and Mahatma Gandhi, Lawson became a scholar of nonviolence; for his Workshops on Nonviolence in Nashville, he became a teacher of nonviolence; and for his lifelong devotion to societal reform to alleviate all oppressed persons of their suffering, he has become a nonviolent saint. Since Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in the spring of 1968 during the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, Lawson has spent his last fifty years in a relentless attempt to awaken this nation from its moral stupor so that it may realize the ideals of justice and equality to which it has always claimed to adhere, but has yet to practice.
History; Religious Studies
Estabrook, Kristen, "The Scholar, the Teacher, the Saint: The Life, Work, and Nonviolent Philosophy of James M. Lawson, Jr." (2016). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7143.
African American Studies | Christianity | Ethics in Religion | Labor History | Practical Theology | Social History | United States History
The Civil Rights Movement, Nonviolence
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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