In this turbulent time of increased polarization in the U.S., I feel there are lessons we can learn from the past about how to mend the fraying fabric of our society. In this interview, recorded in the summer of 2013, you will hear Rev. Bill Lawson’s inspiring account of a courageous collaboration among improbable partners that took place during the civil rights movement in 1963.
About the Rev. William (Bill) Lawson:
Rev. Lawson is Pastor Emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He came to Houston after graduation from seminary to serve as director of the Baptist Student Union and Professor of Bible at the new (eight years old) Texas Southern University. He served in that position for ten years, also becoming director of Upward Bound, a pre-college program for high school students on the TSU campus. During his years at TSU, a number of residents of the neighborhood persuaded the Lawsons to establish a church near the university. Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church was established in their home in June 1962. The congregation has grown to over 12,000 members, with many outreach programs, and is very respected in the community. Since the church was born and lived its infant years during the Civil Rights Movement, Lawson has been deeply involved in advocacy activities for African Americans, for Hispanics, for women, and for the poor.
Here’s a link for more information about Wheeler Ave. Baptist Church, in Houston, Texas and a link for more information about the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace & Prosperity.