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Distributed December 1, 2004
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Brown Lecture Board To Host the Rev. Jesse Jackson

The Brown University Lecture Board will welcome the Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist and former presidential candidate, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at 7 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching. Jackson will speak on “The Future of the Democratic Party.” Admission requires a Brown ID, but a limited number of seats will be reserved for the press.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Brown University Lecture Board will host the Rev. Jesse Jackson Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at 7 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching on The College Green. Jackson, a civil rights leader and a former presidential candidate, will speak on “The Future of the Democratic Party.”

Jackson will speak in the main auditorium of the Salomon Center, and the lecture will be simulcast to a smaller auditorium in the hall. Admission is free, but a ticket and a Brown ID will be required for entry to both venues. Tickets will be available to persons with a Brown ID on a one-ticket-per-person basis on Dec. 2 and 3, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Student Activities Office in Faunce House. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the lecture.

Editors: A limited number of seats will be reserved for the press. Reporters must arrange for credentials by e-mailing [email protected]. Seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson

Jackson was born in 1941 in South Carolina. He attended the University of Illinois for a year, then earned a B.A. from the North Carolina Agricultural and technical College. He began his career as an activist while an undergraduate, leading student sit-in demonstrations to protest segregation. He pursued graduate work at Chicago Theological Seminary until joining the Civil Rights Movement full time in 1965, when he stood with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during demonstrations in Selma, Ala. He soon became a leader in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and later was a director of Operation Breadbasket. In 1971 Jackson left the SCLC and founded People United to Save Humanity (PUSH), an organization dedicated to expanding educational and employment opportunities for the disadvantaged and communities of color. In 1984 he founded the National Rainbow Coalition, a social justice organization that later merged with PUSH.

Known internationally for his political activism, Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns broke new ground in U.S. politics. In addition to his involvement in American politics, he has taken on a diplomatic role in several international situations involving American hostages. Jackson has received numerous honors for his work in human and civil rights causes, and he has been awarded more than 40 honorary doctoral degrees.

For more information on this event, contact [email protected].


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