The William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity (WALIPP) was created in 1996 to extend the work of Rev. William A. Lawson, who had provided passionate leadership through service and sacrifice as founding pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church for more than 40 years. WALIPP continues Rev. Lawson’s community engagement to bridge the gap between the powerful and the powerless. In defining the powerless, WALIPP’s founder and Board targeted three segments of the Houston community.
- Children, who must be equipped with the tool of education, the acknowledged key to power for communities and countries.
- Those subject to the criminal justice system without the financial ability to obtain competent legal representation, who must be equipped with such legal representation, the acknowledged key to power for people in the courts where justice is dispensed.
- Seniors, with declining income, who must be equipped with decent and safe housing, services and community, the acknowledged key to power for longer, healthier and more productive lives.