National Black Caucus of State Legislators Mourns the Passing of Rev. James Lawson

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The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) today mourns the loss of Rev. James Lawson, a revered leader in the Civil Rights Movement and a steadfast advocate for justice and equality. Rev. Lawson passed away peacefully at the age of 95, leaving behind a legacy of nonviolent activism that has profoundly impacted the fight for civil rights in America and around the world.

Rev. Lawson’s lifelong commitment to nonviolent resistance was instrumental in shaping the strategies and successes of the Civil Rights Movement. As a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and an organizer of key campaigns such as the Freedom Rides and the Nashville sit-ins, Rev. Lawson’s work was pivotal in advancing the cause of civil rights and challenging systemic racism.

“Rev. James Lawson was a giant in the struggle for justice and equality. His teachings on nonviolence and his unwavering dedication to the fight for civil rights have left an indelible mark on our nation,” said Laura Hall, President of NBCSL. “His legacy will continue to inspire and guide us as we work towards a more just and equitable society.”

Throughout his life, Rev. Lawson remained committed to the principles of nonviolence, advocating for peaceful resistance as a powerful tool for social change. His influence extended beyond the Civil Rights Movement, impacting global leaders and movements dedicated to justice and human dignity.

The NBCSL extends its deepest condolences to Rev. Lawson’s family, friends, and all those who were touched by his extraordinary life and work. As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his remarkable contributions and reaffirm our commitment to the values he championed.

In honor of Rev. Lawson’s enduring legacy, NBCSL urges individuals and communities to continue the fight for justice, equality, and human rights. Let us draw inspiration from his life and strive to create a world where every person is treated with dignity and respect.


NBCSL is the nation’s premier organization exclusively serving the interests of African American state legislators. With more than 700 members collectively representing over 60 million Americans, NBCSL serves as a national network, advocate and catalyst for public policy innovation, information exchange, and joint action on critical issues. Visit nbcsl.org to learn more.