James Lawson: Befriending James Earl Ray After MLK’s Death
When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, the civil rights leader had come to Memphis at the urging of his friend and fellow pastor United Methodist James M. Lawson. At age 88, Lawson does not hesitate when asked why he later reached out to the man accused of killing the leader of the nonviolence movement in the United States.
Learn about other United Methodists who shared MLK's dream too.
This video was first posted on January 12, 2017.
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