Vanderbilt Magazine Highlights Lawson Donation to Vanderbilt

The spring 2013 issue of Vanderbilt Magazine highlights the donation by the Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr. of his papers to Vanderbilt University Library in an article entitled “Courage to Dissent.” Reverend Lawson’s papers reflect both hisinspiring contributions to the civil rights movement and his distinguished career as a prominent minister.  Highlights include his correspondence from 1960 forward with the Freedom Riders in Jackson, Mississippi, including his supportive telegrams to those in the city jail; documents from Lawson’s work in the Nashville Christian Leadership Council; and materials from the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike and the ensuing period of unrest after the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. The letters, photographs, reports and artifacts will strengthen the Library’s collection of documents about the civil rights movement, adding new depth to these important materials.

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