Inaugural James M Lawson, Jr. Humanitarian Award

By Cynthia Gibson, Contributing Writer
Excerpted from article published November 19, 2015
The Los Angeles Sentinel

Marian Wright Edelman was Lawson’s immediate choice for the first recipient of the award. “I nominated her instantly. She organized the Children’s Defense Fund 40 years ago. That is an organization that offers the only agenda that can heal the soul of our nation. If America puts its attention on seeing to it that every baby born has a healthy, fair, moral head start. . . If a nation does that, it will be obeying God, and it can only prosper.”

On Friday, December 4, Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund will receive the inaugural James M Lawson, Jr. Humanitarian Award at Holman United Methodist Church’s 70th Anniversary Gala. The gala will take place at the Omni Hotel, 251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012. A silent auction and cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. The dinner and program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets and information are available at, or call 323-731-7285.


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