Prom­i­nent Amer­i­can Civil Rights Ac­tivist and For­mer Pres­i­den­tial Can­di­date Jesse Jack­son to speak at Bishop’s Univer­sity

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Len­noxville Sher­brooke

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 men­tal­health.es­trie@bell­net.ca 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.

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