Civil Rights Leader to Speak Feb. 11

The California Conference for Equality and Justice, which partners with the Long Beach Unified School District on the Building Bridges Human Relations Camps and other youth programs, will welcome the Rev. James Lawson, Jr. as keynote speaker at the 23rd Annual Interfaith and Intercultural Breakfast.  The event is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center Grand Ballroom.

Lawson is known nationally as a prominent leader of the civil rights movement and one of the central architects of the nonviolence movement.  On the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, King called Lawson “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world." Lawson has advocated for nonviolent social change for nearly seven decades, beginning with the first Freedom rides in the 1940s.

The nonprofit CCEJ is a human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry and racism in America.

The event is $40 per person, with table sponsorships available.  Call 435-8184 or email kmcilquham@cacej.org to reserve a space by Feb. 4.

CIVIL RIGHTS – James Lawson worked closely with Martin Luther King.