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I met Pastor James Lawson, honorary pastor of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, decades ago, when I was asked to co-host and produce his national cable talk show, Lawson Live.

I quickly learned about his historic role in the Civil Rights Movement. Lawson was asked by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to teach others, such as a young student named John Lewis – later Congressman John Lewis – on the philosophy and strategy of nonviolence.

They successfully participated in quiet lunches in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, becoming the “Model of the Movement,” according to King. I worked with Pastor Lawson for 11 years and was impressed by his lifelong commitment to the practice of nonviolence, even in the most violent times.

I recently interviewed Pastor Lawson and attorney Brian Stevenson for Bonnie Boswell Presents, which is now airing on KCET. I asked Pastor Lawson how he had managed to continue to be actively involved in the social justice movement for 80 years. He said: “I have admitted that non-violence is way that we human beings can see our own lives transformed on a regular basis. ”

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Recently, I have encountered the heinous acts of violence that are engulfing our country. I can only conclude that many in our country live in a world of fear and unresolved trauma. We have never unpacked the racism, sexism, violence and economic inequalities that destabilize our nation.

Unresolved trauma, fear of not being able to survive, and fear of others mean that we can be constantly manipulated by others. The “divide and rule” or “divide and rule” strategy was traced back to Philip II of Macedon and was used by people like Julius Caesar and Napoleon, among many others.

One thing is for sure, this is a very old book and still in use. So those of us who believe that a peaceful world is possible need to understand how we can truly become “indivisible” by swearing an oath of allegiance.

Perhaps it starts with embracing the practice and theory of nonviolence – recognizing that people who engage in violence are unaware of our common humanity and / or are deeply hurt in some part of their lives. Perhaps, and wrongly, they believe they have no job or health care because of “these people.”

In any case, we obviously have to press the reset button. South Africa had to do so as they moved away from apartheid and centuries of racial discrimination. This required national efforts for truth and reconciliation.

“Speaking the truth,” as Brian Stevenson puts it, is essential to healing. Based on the African concept of Ubuntu, it was decided to correct imbalances, broken relationships and to raise the idea that no one is healthy if someone is sick.

Pastor Lawson reminds us that a nonviolent approach allows people to “live and reflect the glory of life.” Let’s start now so we can “save the soul of America.”

To learn more, watch Bonnie Boswell Reports on KCET, Friday at 2:58 p.m., or visit kcet.org/bonnie.

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