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October 26, 1994
CONTACT: Sujata Massey

Jesse Jackson to Speak at Eisenhower Symposium

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson will speak on children's issues at the Johns Hopkins University on Thursday, Nov. 17. The talk will take place at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Admission is open to the public, but due to space limitations, will be offered to those who have picked up free tickets by calling (410) 516-7683.

Jackson will speak on the economics of race and childhood at the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, a 28-year-old, student- organized lecture series. He is appearing at the invitation of Hopkins seniors Margaret Huh and Indrani Pia Pyne. The series is titled "Without a Voice: Dilemmas of Growing Up in America," and focuses on children's issues. The symposium began Oct. 4, and continues through Dec. 1.

Jackson's career began after his graduation from the Chicago Theological Seminary, when he served as an assistant to the Rev. Martin Luther King in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Since then, he has emerged a well-known human rights advocate on domestic and international affairs. Jackson was a central figure in leading the movement against South African apartheid, as well as in the liberation of Namibia and Angola. He has served the U.S. government in obtaining release of many prisoners and hostages abroad.

Jackson ran highly public campaigns for the U.S. presidency in 1984 and 1988, and currently serves as a shadow senator representing the District of Columbia, a role in which he advocates statehood for the district. In 1986 he founded the National Rainbow Coalition, a social justice organization.

No tickets are necessary for the Eisenhower Symposium's other lectures, which include:

  • Nov. 1: Joe Clark, former principal and controversial reformer in New Jersey public high schools, on the role of discipline and structure in children's lives

  • Nov. 3: Stephanie Coontz, author of "The Way We Never Were," on the current status of parenting and families

  • Nov. 15: Faculty panel from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, on children's health care issues

  • Nov. 29: A panel of parents, educators and community leaders, on the plight of inner city children

  • Dec. 1: Marcia Robinson-Lowry, director of the children's rights division of the American Civil Liberties Union, on children and the legal system.

All lectures take place at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall. For information, call (410) 516-7683.

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