Friday, April 17, 2009

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to give Lecture in IIUM

Special Lecture by:

Reverand Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr.,
-President and Founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
- Former assistant to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,

Building a Culture of Peace and Development in a Globalised World

Date & Time:
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 (1.45pm)

Cultural Activity Center,
International Islamic University Malaysia

Who is Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.?

The Reverand Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. is one of America's foremost civil rights and political figures. Over the past forty years he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality and economic and social justice.Long before national health care, a war on drugs, direct peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, ending apartheid in South Africa and advancing democracy in Haiti became accepted public policy positions, Reverend Jesse Jackson advocated them and by doing so helped to bring the American public to a new level of consciousness.Reverend Jackson's two presidential campaigns broke new ground in U.S. politics. His 1984 campaign registered over one million new voters, won 3.5 million votes and helped the Democratic Party regain control of the Senate in 1986. His 1988 campaign registered over two million new voters, won seven million votes and helped boost hundreds of state and local elected officials into office. In 1990 Reverend Jackson was elected to the post of US Senator for Washington, D.C.As a highly respected and trusted world leader, Reverend Jackson has acted many times as an international diplomat in sensitive situations. For example, in 1984 Reverend Jackson secured the release of capturedNavy Lieutenant Robert Goodman from Syria and the release of 48 Cuban and Cuban-American prisoners in Cuba. He was the first American to bring hostages out of Kuwait and Iraq in 1990. In 1999 he negotiated the release of U.S. soldiers held hostage in Kosovo.His international efforts continued into the 2000s. In February 2003 Reverend Jackson spoke in front of an estimated one million people in London's Hyde Park at the culmination of the anti-war demonstration against the imminent invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and the United Kingdom. In November 2004 he visited senior politicians and community activists in Northern Ireland in an effort to rebuild the peace process and restore the governmental institutions of the Belfast Agreement.A hallmark of Reverend Jackson's work has been his commitment to youth. He has visited thousands of high schools, colleges, universities and correctional facilities encouraging excellence, inspiring hope and challenging young people to study diligently and stay drug-free.

Reverend Jackson has also been a consistent and vigorous supporter of the labour movement in the U.S. and around the world. He is known as someone who has walked more picket lines and spoken at more labour rallies than any other national leader. He has worked with unions to organize workers, to protect workers rights and to mediate labour disputes. In 1996 he travelled to Asia to investigate treatment of workers in the Japanese automobile industry and in athletic apparel factories in Indonesia.For his work in human and civil rights and for nonviolent social change Reverend Jackson has received more than 40 honorary doctorate degrees. He frequently lectures at major universities including Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia and Stanford. On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. In October 1997 he was appointed as Special Envoy of the President and Secretary of State for the Promotion of Democracy in Africa.Reverend Jackson has been on the Gallup List of the Ten Most Respected Americans for more than a dozen years. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the International Peace Foundation. Reverand Jackson is also an avid supporter of Barack Obama during the 2008 USA Presidential Campaign.

Author's note: How the heck did IIUM manage to get this guy to give a lecture is beyond me. Somebody up there in admin must have REALLY superb connections. But seriously, this lecture is a must-go! Rugilah kalau miss.


pseudoalia said...

Ah, true! You're going? I probably better get my lazybum going if I want to catch him this afternoon :P

Lishaznia said...

Allo Alia,

So didcha manage to go? My timing memang ngam tadi. I went late to avoid boring & unnecessary welcoming speeches (aka rector's) and managed to get in just as he was started. And then I immediately left after he was done. Hehe.

Great speaker that guy is. And there were times when I can hardly hold back from going all black gospel! The situation certainly felt like it. LoL. But tu lah... UIA crowd very demure and boring. Setakat tepuk tangan politely je.

Oh well, at least I heard a good orator speak. Even tough it felt like the guy was on a promotional campaign for Barack Obama.


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