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Civil Rights Activist to Keynote Social Justice Summit

April 2, 2014


The Rev. James Lawson, an advocate of nonviolence who was active in the 1960s civil rights movement, and spoken-word artist Abraham Medina are the keynote speakers for the April 19 "Think Global, Act Local" Social Justice Summit at Cal State Fullerton. The program, organized by Students Advocating Civic Transformation (Students ACT), features a variety of workshops and a resource fair. The program is free and open to the public.


Saturday, April 19
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Vegan lunch included


Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


James Lawson led the Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles for 25 years and has served as a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He spent a year in prison as a conscientious objector during the Korean War and three years as a Methodist missionary in India before he met Martin Luther King Jr. and became a field secretary for the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Lawson helped organize the lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville in 1960 and was involved with the Freedom Riders. He will speak at 9:15 a.m.

Abraham Medina, a UCI sociology graduate, is involved in several community action groups in Orange County, including El Centro Cultural de Mexico en Santa Ana and the Orange County Dream Team. Medina will give the closing address at 3:15 p.m.

Berenecea Eanes, CSUF vice president for student affairs, will give the welcoming and opening address at 9 a.m.


Registration is requested and can be completed online, by phone, 657-278-7623, or email at


Workshops will be held on global sustainability, immigration, civil disobedience and women in the workplace. A resource fair featuring campus, regional and international organizations will provide opportunities to get involved in social action.

Media Contacts:

Alisia Kirkwood, coordinator, student life and leadership, 657-278-3504 

Pamela McLaren

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