Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
September 15, 2020 | Los Angeles
On a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to proclaim September 22 as “Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr. Day.”
September 22, 2020 will mark the 92nd Birthday of a statesman who, since the 1950s, continues to be actively involved in training countless men and women on nonviolent resistance to achieve social justice. He has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, California State University, Northridge, and countless other educational institutions–and even in retirement continues to travel across the country to teach nonviolence.
“Rev. Lawson is a civil rights and human rights icon whose moral leadership, integrity, courage and imagination demonstrate the best of our collective values and responsibilities of our democracy,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “Through his life we can learn how a great vision and a nation began to confront and nonviolently challenge institutional racism. Today’s honor is well-deserved and will be an important reminder of our obligation to protest injustice in all forms everywhere so that as Californians we are united together in our work to make a reality the California Dream for All.”
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