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In Memoriam: Rev. James Lawson’s death reverberates in Memphis and beyond

Rev. James Lawson Jr., an icon of the Civil Rights Movement and one of the original Freedom Riders, died on Sunday, June 10, at the age of 95. His family announced his passing on Monday — and immediately an outpouring of admiration and reverence for the  hero followed.

The National Civil Rights Museum issued a lengthy statement about Lawson’s life and contributions. An excerpt:

“The National Civil Rights Museum is deeply saddened by the passing of civil rights philosopher and strategist, Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr….. Rev. Lawson was a friend and guiding light to those who loved equality, justice, and peace. He leaves a long legacy of love and quieted strength in the name of human rights. He will be sorely missed throughout the world.”

The below statement is from Kermit Moore, Jr., president, NAACP Memphis Branch.

“It is with great sadness that the NAACP Memphis Branch honors the life of Civil Rights Pioneer and United Methodist Minister Rev. James Morris Lawson, Jr. His contribution to the nonviolence protests in the 1960’s will never be forgotten. Memphis will forever cherish his work during the 1968 Sanitation Strike. His legacy lives on through the countless activism up until his passing.” Kermit Moore, Jr., President, NAACP Memphis Branch.


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Do you have memories of Rev. Lawson or words of condolences to share? Email us at editorial@tsdmemphis.com.

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