In a moving ceremony on October 2, the foyer of the Atlanta Regional Office was dedicated to the late National Vice President Marc Lawson. The ceremony was attended by the Lawson family, National Executive Committee members, NAGE and IBPO members and staff.
"It was a fitting tribute to an outstanding union leader who gave so much to our organization and members," said National President David Holway. "I think it was very moving for all of us who attended to see the pride the Lawson family had for their husband, brother, and father."
Photos from the National Executive Committee Meeting and Marc Lawson Dedication Ceremony, October 2, 2013
The dedication was preceded by a meeting of the National Executive Committee, at which the August 7, 2013, motion was read:
In that Marc Lawson, a retired Atlanta police officer with over 30 years of service, and an original member of IBPO Local 623 in Atlanta, passed away. During his law enforcement career, Marc served as IBPO Local 623's first president for 17 years and on the National Executive Board for 4 years. His leadership in labor forged the path for our officers today by securing the rights and privileges they benefit from every day in the department's disciplinary process. It is only fitting that the National Executive Committee move to name the foyer of the Atlanta Regional Officer the "Marc Lawson Foyer."
The memorial plaque, which was unveiled at the dedication and will hang in the foyer of the building reads:
This memorial, dedicated on October 2, 2013, honors Marc I. Lawson for his lifelong service to the American public through law enforcement and his continued work in improving the lives of working women and men through labor activism.
Marc was born and raised in Chicago and attended college in Atlanta. As a political science major, he developed an acute appreciation for the plight of the working class and believed that all of us should be treated with dignity and respect.
In 1985 Marc became a founding member of IBPO Local 623, which represents Atlanta police, and served as president of the local for close to 19 years. He was elected to serve as a vice president on the IBPO National Executive Board in 2002 and continued in that role until his retirement from the Atlanta Police Department after 30 years of service.
Marc was a natural leader and an outstanding advocate. His respectful attitude, toward not only his membership but also to city leaders, won him access to the highest reaches of city government.
Marcís organizing successes in Atlanta also proved to labor leaders across the country that in the South there was hope for organizing working people. It was his successes that propelled other union organizing drives to move into the South.
In his many years with the IBPO, Marc was a true professional and a friend to labor whose presence will forever be felt.