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Activist Alan Jennings to Speak at Community Leaders Series

Bethlehem, Pa., March 22, 2010—Moravian College’s Community Leaders Series continues on Thursday, March 25 with a talk by Alan Jennings, executive director of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) in the UBC Room of the Haupert Union Building from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The talks are open to the public and admission is free of charge.

The series features discussions with individuals from the Lehigh Valley who lead efforts to meet the educational, health care, housing, nutrition and security needs of individuals and families within our regional community. The series will conclude when Russell “Rooster” Valentini, educational liaison and advocate for homeless students in the Allentown School District will speak at Moravian on April 15.

Jennings has been the driving force behind a range of CACLV programs designed to improve the quality of life for low-income people, including the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania, the Sixth Street Shelter and its long-term transitional housing programs, the Energy Partnership, and Safe Harbor Easton.  His advocacy efforts have led to a wide range of affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization projects, including Lehigh and Northampton counties’ housing trust funds, the West Ward Neighborhood Partnership in Easton, Southside Vision 2014 in Bethlehem, and the Allentown Neighborhood Development Alliance in downtown Allentown. He led the creation of the Green Future Fund, an open space campaign that includes $67 million in funding between Lehigh and Northampton counties.  He recently helped create RenewLV, a broad-based smart growth coalition designed to modernize local governance, revitalize the cities and preserve open space.

The Morning Call named Jennings one of the six most influential activists of the twentieth century. Other recent awards include the first-ever Leadership Lehigh Valley Impact Award (2006), Allentown Human Relations Award (2005), Ecumenical Service Award from the Lehigh County Conference of Churches (2003), and the Distinguished Service Award from the Bethlehem Jaycees (1995), the Allentown-Lehigh County Chamber of Commerce (1994), and the Parkland Area Jaycees (1992).

“These conversations are intended to raise awareness of the nature of such problems in the region and provide insight into the personal motivations, commitments, and experiences of individuals whose careers are dedicated to addressing these needs,” said John Reynolds, professor of political science at Moravian, who helped organize the series.

Support for the Conversations with Community Leader Series is provided by the Moravian College Political Science Department, the Leadership Center, and the Community Service Office, and the Children’s Coalition of the Lehigh Valley.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.