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James Lawson, Now
Since then: Pastor, Centenary Methodist Church, Memphis, 1962–74 helped organize the Meredith March in Mississippi in 1966; head of the Memphis sanitation workers' strike committee in 1968. Pastor of the Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, 1974–99. Named Vanderbilt's Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2005; has been a visiting professor at the Divinity School since 2006.