ICRCM Remembers Reverend Lawson


The International Civil Rights Center & Museum will be dedicating its "I Am A Man" exhibit to the late Rev. James Lawson. The exhibit surveys the timeline of the 1968 Sanitation Workers' Strike in Memphis, Tenn., beginning with the gruesome death of two African American sanitation workers, leading to the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, and ending with the gains negotiated by the sanitation workers' union.

The Rev. James Lawson played a pivotal role in this strike from its inception. In an oft-quoted speech of Reverend Lawson's during the strike, he calls for African American workers to assert their humanity: “[f]or at the heart of racism is the idea that a man is not a man, that a person is not a person…You are human beings. You are men. You deserve dignity.” 

Rest in peace, Reverend Lawson. Your light will continue to guide us as we move forward in the quest for justice


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PRESS RELEASE | MAY 15, 2024
ICRCM ACHIEVES NEXT STAGE OF FEDERAL APPROVAL FOR LANDMARK RECOGNITION
OF THE GREENSBORO F.W. WOOLWORTH'S BUILDING

"After a lengthy and rigorous process, we are thrilled to share exciting news regarding the F.W. Woolworth’s building in Greensboro. We are delighted to announce that the Landmarks Committee of the National Park Service has unanimously granted approval for the advancement of our beloved building to the next decision stages of approval as a National Historic Landmark. This is the highest level of recognition for a landmark site in the United States [...]"

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