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Re:Work Soul Force, Part 1

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On Dec. 11, 2021, the UCLA Labor Center’s historic MacArthur Park building was officially named the UCLA James Lawson Jr. Worker Justice Center, in honor of a civil and worker rights icon who has been teaching at UCLA for the last 2 decades. In this episode of Re:Work, 93-year-old Rev. Lawson shares stories from his youth, and how he came to discover soul force and the path of nonviolence.

This episode contains material from Rev. Lawson’s UCLA Labor Studies course, Nonviolence and Social Movements, which he teaches with UCLA Labor Center Director Kent Wong. To watch the class, visit

Image Credit: Re:Work; Photo by Reed Hutchinson

Image Caption: Rev. James Lawson Jr.


  • Rev. James Lawson Jr., Veena Hampapur, and Saba Waheed


  • Episode Producers: Veena Hampapur and Saba Waheed, Re:Work Radio
  • Editing: Veena Hampapur
  • Mixer: Aaron Dalton
  • UCLA Labor Center

Making Contact Staff

  • Host/Producer: Monica Lopez

  • Interim Executive Director: Jessica Partnow

  • Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani


Author: Radio Project

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