Prominent American Civil Rights Activist and Former Presidential Candidate Jesse Jackson to speak at Bishop’s University
Ticketsare now available for Jesse Jackson’s much-anticipated Donald Lecture at Bishop’s University. Jackson’s lecture will take place during Black History Month, on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 pm in Centennial Theatre. Due to the large turnout expected, tickets with reserved seating will be sold.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Centennial Theatre Box Office at 819-822-9692.
All proceeds will go directly to the Bishop’s University Refugee Sponsorship Fund.
Likely the most influential civil rights activist in the United States over the past 40 years, Reverend Jesse Jackson is well known as the founder of both Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) and the National Rainbow Coalition. These organizations, which merged in 1996, pursue civil rights and social justice initiatives while helping to increase political empowerment across religious, racial, gender and socio-economic lines.
“Jesse Jackson is a pivotal figure in the American civil rights movement, and a person who has demonstrated a tireless commitment to equality and inclusion.” said Bishop’s Principal Michael Goldbloom. “As a presidential candidate, his idea of a “rainbow coalition” of people from across racial and social lines helped to advance the discourse of civil rights, not only in America but around the world.”
Reverend Jackson advocated for national health care, a war on drugs, a dialogue with the Soviet Union and negotiations with the Middle East long before they were popular positions. South African apartheid and the fight for democracy in Haiti came to the forefront of the national conscience of the United States largely due to Reverend Jackson’s advocacy.
Having twice run for the democratic nomination for President of the United States, Jackson is a prominent political actor both domestically and internationally. He has acted a number of times as an international diplomat, securing the release of hostages in sensitive situations. In 1997 he was appointed by President Bill Clinton as Special Envoy of the President and Secretary of State for the Promotion of Democracy in Africa and was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S.A.’S highest civilian honour. *FREE for churches events, service clubs events, and recognized charitable org. only. - Send all activities or changes by Monday, 3 p.m., at least one week before the event, only by email at journal@ stanstead-journal.com (not responsible for typing errors) BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS – Lennoxville: Tuesday February 14th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 3002 Belvidere Str. North Hatley: Friday February 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Library, 165 Main Street N. PRENATAL CLASSES – Expecting a baby? Courses taught by Ellen Lewis, certified Child Birth Educator and Doula, can answer your questions, address your concerns, and help make your birth experience meaningful, safe and happy. Sessions started January 4th in Lennoxville, and will start February 20th in Magog and are in English. For information or to register, call the Lennoville & District Women’s Centre at 819-564-6626. WALK IN MY SHOES CAMPAIGN – Is asking for new (never worn) clothing items for homeless people. Cash donations are used to buy thermal underwear or footwear. Drop donations at Mental Health Estrie, 257 Queen, Lennoxville or at distribution points in the area. For info 819-565-3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org WELCOME WEDNESDAYS – Organized by Women’s Centre. “Get together” for coffee or tea or have a chat, meet friends, browse the library and learn to crochet. Activity room avail. 1:15-3:45 p.m. Bring knitting or craft. ACEF ESTRIE – Defense of consumers’ rights organization. Free services from third year students from Faculty of Law, ready to answer questions. Info ACEF Estrie 819-563-8144. ÉCOCENTRES –Info Écocentre Michel-ledoux, 1000 LéonTrépanier via Lavigerie, 819-822-6010; Écocentre Rose-cohen, 365 Pépin, via Portland Blvd, 819-822-6033. FUN FEARLESS FITNESS – Women 16 and + highly qualified instructor. Every Monday, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Lennoxville French Elementary School, École St-antoine’s Gym. Parking on Church and Speid St., Info Sunita 819-563-9987.