Rev. James Lawson (File photo)

The Los Angeles Sentinel has confirmed that the Reverend James Morris Lawson Jr.  suddenly passed away on Sunday, June 9, from cardiac arrest.  The civil rights activist and university professor was a leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolence within the Civil Rights Movement.[1] During the 1960s, he served as a mentor to the Nashville Student Movement and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.[2][3] He was expelled from Vanderbilt University for his civil rights activism in 1960, and later served as a pastor of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles for 25 years.  More details to follow.