pic-eld-j-lawsonREV. JAMES LAWSON, JR. is a Methodist clergyman who spent a year in prison as a conscientious objector to the Korean War. During his three years as a Methodist missionary in India he was profoundly influenced by Gandhi’s principles and practice of nonviolence. Lawson taught nonviolence to many future leaders of the Civil Rights Movement including Martin Luther King, Jr. and was a primary organizer of the nonviolent Sit-in movement and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).