March 17, 2014
12:30 reception, 1:00 – 2:00 Lecture
UIC Student Center East – The Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted
Rev. Jackson is a legendary civil rights leader who has advised Presidents, conferred with heads of state, and stood at the helm of some of the largest mobilizations of the mid-20th century. Rev. Jackson worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the early 1960s and later served as one of the leaders of the Poor People’s Crusade. As leader of Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) since 1971, Rev. Jackson has been a highly visible advocate for social, economic and racial justice and for peace. He has received numerous awards and recognitions; most notably in 2000 he was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest honor bestowed upon a civilian, by President Bill Clinton.
Please join us in a conversation with Chicago’s own, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., who will reflect on his long and varied career, and the state of justice movements today, especially with regard to peace, poverty, prisons and education – some of the unfinished agenda items of the Civil Rights Movement Era.