Randall Kennedy & Reverend James Lawson

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Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and race relations. He served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court. His books include Race, Crime, and the Law and The Persistence of the Color Line, among many others. His most recent book is For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law.

Reverend James Lawson, a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a leading architect of the nonviolent campaigns during the civil rights movement, has devoted his life to championing human rights and social change for all, including the rights of women and LGBT communities, using the nonviolent philosophy practiced by Mahatma Gandhi. Reverend Lawson served as pastor at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles for 25 years, and in recent years he has been a visiting professor at UCLA, Cal State Northridge, and Vanderbilt University.


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