Civil rights icon, Reverend James Lawson Jr., shares his recollections of the 1960s and working closely with Martin Luther King Jr. Reverend Lawson presents the nonviolent movement in America as the “nuclear engine” of the mid-20th century civil rights movement, and as a strategic series of organizing campaigns for racial and economic justice. This is the second part of our miniseries on Reverend James Lawson Jr.

This episode contains material from Rev. Lawson’s UCLA Labor Studies course, Nonviolence and Social Movements, which he teaches with UCLA Labor Center Director Kent Wong. To watch the class, visit

Books by Rev. Lawson:
Revolutionary Nonviolence: Organizing for Freedom
Nonviolence and Social Movements: The Teachings of Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.

Related Links:

Free Online Labor Studies Course: Nonviolence and Social Movements

UCLA nonviolence class connects students to Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring legacy

UCLA dedicates labor center building to Rev. James Lawson Jr., champion of civil and worker rights

A perfect tribute: UCLA names labor center building in honor of Rev. James Lawson Jr.