LOVE & SOLIDARITY is an exploration of nonviolence and organizing through the life and teachings of Rev. James Lawson.
"If you have ever asked yourself who are the people that have made this country great, this documentary shows you the commitment, perseverance, and vision of Rev. Lawson in the fight for the civil rights and economic rights of the most vulnerable people in the United States."
Lucas Benitez, Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
"A thoughtful and moving portrait of one of the most influential living proponents of nonviolent social transformation, this film enables those concerned with contemporary social justice issues to gain insights from James Lawson's long career as an activist and teacher."
Clayborne Carson, Professor of History, Founding Director of The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, Stanford University
"Told with passion and sharp political insight, LOVE & SOLIDARITY brings to the fore the voices of people on the front lines of social change, most especially James Lawson, who is a decades-long practitioner of nonviolence. It is a must see for students, teachers, and activists to think about the legacy of civil rights activism and to understand the roots of contemporary political organizing."
Premilla Nadasen, Associate Professor of History, Barnard College, Author, Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African-American Women Who Built a Movement
"James Lawson, advisor to Martin Luther King and nonviolent theorist, powerfully tells the story of the civil rights movement through his words. Throughout, Rev. Lawson speaks eloquently to the power of the movement's ideals of nonviolence and economic justice and their continuing relevance for our times."
Kevin Gaines, Professor of Africana Studies and History, Cornell University
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LOVE & SOLIDARITY is an exploration of nonviolence and organizing through the life and teachings of Rev. James Lawson. Lawson provided crucial strategic guidance while working with Martin Luther King, Jr., in southern freedom struggles and the Memphis sanitation strike of 1968. Moving to Los Angeles in 1974, Lawson continued his nonviolence organizing in multi-racial community and worker coalitions that have helped to remake the LA labor movement.
Through interviews and historical documents, acclaimed labor and civil rights historian Michael Honey and award-winning filmmaker Errol Webber put Lawson's discourse on nonviolent direct action on the front burner of today's struggles against economic inequality, racism and violence, and for human rights, peace, and economic justice.38 minutes
SDH Captioning for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing
Directed by Michael Honey
Produced by Michael Honey, Errol Webber
Photography: Errol Webber
Editor: Adam Mizrahi
Assistant Editor: Paul Lovelady
Assistant Director & Research Manager: Adam Nolan
Historical Advisor: Clayborne Carson
Supported by Fetzer Institute; Center for the Study of Community & Society, University of Washington Tacoma; UW Tacoma Staff, SEIU Local 925
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