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Rev. Jesse Jackson

Rev. Jesse Jackson presented the Mount Union Schooler Lecture, Monday, September 23, 1991.

Jackson, an ordained Baptist minister, advocate for human rights and high-profile proponent for the importance of educating the young, spoke on "Diversity and Social Justice."

Jackson is currently the president of the National Rainbow Coalition, Inc., a national organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. He has twice been a Presidential candidate--in 1984 and in 1988.

From 1971 to 1983, Jackson was national president of Operation PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity), a Chicago-based human rights organization concerned with economic development, moral and academic excellence in education, heath care, housing, justice and international peace issues.

He is the author of "Straight From The Heart" , a book of 36 public speeches, sermons, eulogies, and interviews and "Keep Hope Alive, the 1988 Jackson Campaign," a collection of speeches , issue briefs and position papers from the 1988 campaign. Jackson's message in "Keep Hope Alive" is to "stop drugs from coming in and jobs from going out; invest in America; invest in our children; fight against crime, against economic violence and for common justice."

Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Jackson attended the University of Illinois on a football scholarship for one year, then transferred to North Carolina A&T State University where he was active in sports and student government. He graduated with a B.A. degree in sociology in 1963 and attended the Chicago Theological Seminary for two-and-a- half years before joining Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965 on the voting rights march in Sela, Alabama.