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Rev. William Lawson Shares His Story

Houston Spotlight
February 16, 2016
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In honor of Black History Month, Houston’s Voice would like to share some content from our sister project, Voice of the Civil Rights Movement. Voices of the Civil Rights Movement is a collection of personal accounts of America’s Civil Rights Movement. This particular segment explores the movement from a well-known Houstonian’s perspective.

Rev. William Lawson is the former President of the Houston chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Rev. Lawson tells of the early student Civil Rights Movement in Houston, meeting Dr. King, and becoming involved in the SCLC. He recalls a visit from some students, “In 1959, a number of students at Texas Southern University. … told me … ‘We would like to sit-in in Houston. So, if you will give us some leadership, then we will start a sit-in.’”

Do you or someone you know have a story to tell about America’s Civil Rights Movement? Share that story HERE, and become one of the Houston voices of the Voices of the Civil Rights Movement project.


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