The Rev. James Lawson worked along side Martin Luther King Jr., and was with him only hours before Dr. King was killed. Lawson was the chief architect of the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins, which came after years of planning and studying techniques of non-violent civil disobedience. I interviewed Lawson February 2010, in Merida, Mexico, to get his reflections on the past, and his assessment of the current movements for justice in the US.
This interview was broadcast on Making Contact in June 2010
A print version of this interview was published in Race, Poverty and the Environment.