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The Rev. Jesse Jackson to Speak at Moravian College on February 14

Civil rights leaders to address issues of poverty and inequality

Jesse JacksonBethlehem, Pa., February 2, 2012--One of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures, the Reverend Jesse Jackson will present a lecture focusing on poverty and inequality when he visits Moravian College on Tuesday, February 14, at noon in Johnston Hall. The program, “A Conversation with Jesse Jackson,” is open to the public and admission is free. The program moderators will be Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology, Moravian Theological Seminary, and Dr. James Braxton Peterson, director of Africana Studies and associate professor of English at Lehigh University.

Jackson, an African-American civil rights activist and Baptist minister, is the founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Over the past 40 years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality and economic and social justice. On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Rev. Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. For a complete biography, visit: http://rainbowpush.org/pages/jackson_bio.

The program, “A Conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson, The Civil Rights Movement Not an Issue of the Past but an Issues of the Present; Poverty and Inequality,” is sponsored by Moravian College’s Office of Institutional Diversity, IDEA, Moravian Theological Seminary, Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, and the Moravian College IN FOCUS program.

IN FOCUS is an innovative program to promote in-depth examination of complex issues from multidisciplinary perspectives. Through IN FOCUS the members of the Moravian College community engage in analysis and activism regarding important challenges facing human beings and the world in the 21st century. Four issues have been identified as central to the Lehigh Valley, the U.S. and the globe, including poverty and inequality, sustainability, health care, and war and peace. Each year academic and co-curricular activity is centered on one of these challenges. The focus is on poverty and inequality this academic year.

Johnston Hall is located on Moravian’s Main Street Campus near the corner of Monocacy and Locust streets in Bethlehem, Pa. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.

As part of his visit to the Lehigh Valley, Jackson will speak about leadership and co-education (40-Year Celebration) at Lehigh University on the evening of Monday, February 13. The program moderators will be Lehigh’s Dr. James Braxton Peterson and Moravian’s Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim

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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.