Libraries acquire important addition to the James M. Lawson, Jr. Papers

James Lawson on a Bicycle
[James Lawson] Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives
In September, Vanderbilt University Libraries acquired a collection of photographs of The Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr. The collection includes approximately 125 early family photographs, over 100 photographs taken in India between 1952 and 1957, and 23 photographs taken by Ernest Withers of the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike, along with additional photographs of The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Senator Ted Kennedy and Congressman Jesse Jackson. The collection will be processed and added to the James M. Lawson, Jr. Papers, housed in Vanderbilt’s Special Collections. Read the MyVU story.

Our thanks go to Dennis C. Dickerson, the Reverend James M. Lawson Professor of History, Lucius T. Outlaw Jr., W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy and Joseph A. Johnson Jr. Distinguished Leadership Professor, and Emilie M. Townes, dean of the Divinity School and distinguished professor of womanist ethics and society, for their help in acquiring the Lawson photographs.