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Lively Discussion with Rev. Jesse Jackson at Moravian College

Jesse Jackson at Moravian CollegeBethlehem, Pa. February 14, 2012--Reverend Jesse Jackson visited Moravian today for a discussion focusing on issues of poverty and inequality. More than 900 members of the Moravian community and the public attended the hour and half question and answer program in Johnston Hall. Photos are on Moravian College's Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/MoravianCollege.

The program moderators kept the discussion lively. They included 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. They were joined by a guest moderator and friend of Rev. Jackson, Dr. Obery Hendricks , visiting scholar, Institute for Research in African-American Studies and Department of Religion, Columbia University.

Toward the end of Q&A with members of the audience, Larry Holmes, former heavyweight boxing champion made a surprise visit and joined Rev. Jackson on stage. The two later recessed in the College's green room where Holmes spoke with Jackson for his TV-2 program.

The program was 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.

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.