assassination. rev. james lawson: well, as a pastor in memphis, i was one who supported unionism. i happen to think you cannot havewe cannot make our democracy succeed, be effective, if you do not have working people in organized units who can care for their economic benefits and care for their environment, who can care for the issues of justice. we cannot anticipate that the teachers and brokers of plantation capitalism are going to offer economic equality. the people have to do that, so an engaged community, engaged people. and for that to happen, we have to have millions of working people in strong organizations locally, where they can know the issues, see one another, work with one another, to effect change where they live. amy goodman: and dr. king coming to rev. james lawson: so thoseso those who opposeso those who oppose that are actually wanting to see the failure of this democratic experiment of ours. amy goodman: and dr. king coming to memphis not once, but twice. the first time, had to leave because the march turned violentmany felt provocateurs were planted in the marchb
demanding jobs. james lawson told me we always had an economic dimension to the movement. king getting arrested, from birmingham jail telling us basically his whole philosophy about the right to protest and the willingness to do civil disobedience. this is a story in the city of atlanta after he received the nobel peace prize he came back and helped lead a stride that it could strike at the fountain pen store or factory and there was a big strike it was difficult and kind of a precursor to the sanitation strike. a lot of the women wentto to his church so he played a very important role in finally settling that and when they held a dinner for himmp in atlanta is almost through the whole thing off because people were so upset he was supporting the strike among the black workers in atlanta. this is the campaign that followed thereafter and we know aboutlo that from a lot of great material that has come out of the campaign. john lewis spoke to us last night and he was great, last night he was talking about we won these rights can now use them, particularly talking about the right to vote.
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