The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is honoured to announce a visit to the City by the internationally acclaimed United States of America human rights activist, Reverent Jesse L. Jackson, Sr, founder and president of Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.
Reverend Jackson will be visiting the City mainly to deliver the Govan Mbeki Memorial Lecture on October 21, 2014 at the Feather Market Convention Centre.
Accompanied by a delegation of men and women who are part of his Coalition, Rev Jackson will also visit a number of heritage/memorial sites as well graves of Rivonia Trialists, Govan Mbeki and Raymond Mhlaba in Zwide. The delegation will be led by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Benson Fihla.
October 20, 2014:
- 11h00: Visit grave of Govan Mbeki – wreath lying ceremony at Zwide Cemetery
- 14h00: Visit Route 67 and Garden of Remembrance at the Donkin Reserve
October 21, 2014:
- 09h00: Tour from City Hall to the following heritage sites: Langa Memorial, Uitenhage; Motherwell Peace Park and Cradock Four, Motherwell; Mendi Memorial and Emlotheni, New Brighton
- 13h00: Visit continues to Papenkuils Cemetery and Van Der Kemps Kloof
- 18h30: Govan Mbeki Memorial Lecture at the Feather Market Convention Centre, Baakens Street
At the Memorial Lecture attendees and guests are expected to have arrived by 17h30. They are expected to be seated by 18h00 with only 1200 seats are available, early arrival is encouraged as the security personnel will close the doors at 18h00.
Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. (born Jesse Louis Burns; October 8, 1941) is an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He is the founder of the organizations that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH. Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. is his eldest son. Jackson was also the host of Both Sides with Jesse Jackson on CNN from 1992 to 2000.
In both races for president one of the platforms that Jackson ran on included declaring Apartheid-era South Africa to be a rogue nation.
In the mid-1990s, he was approached about being the United States Ambassador to South Africa but declined the opportunity in favor of helping his son, Jesse Jackson, Jr., run for the United States House of Representatives.
Jackson married Jacqueline Lavinia Brown (born 1944) on, December 31, 1962, and they had five children: Santita (1963), Jesse, Jr. (1965), Jonathan Luther (1966), Yusef DuBois (1970), and Jacqueline Lavinia (1975).
People United to Save Humanity (Operation PUSH) officially began operations on December 25, 1971. Jackson later changed the name to People United to Serve Humanity. T.R.M. Howard was installed as a member of the board of directors and chair of the finance committee. At its inception, Jackson planned to orient Operation PUSH toward politics and to pressure politicians to work to improve economic opportunities for blacks and poor people of all races. SCLC officials reportedly felt the new organization would help black businesses more than it would help the poor.
In 1978 Jackson called for a closer relationship between blacks and the Republican Party, telling the Party’s National Committee that “Black people need the Republican Party to compete for us so we can have real alternatives … The Republican Party needs black people if it is ever to compete for national office.”
In 1984, Jackson organized the Rainbow Coalition and resigned his post as president of Operation PUSH in 1984 to run for president of the United States, though he remained involved as chairman of the board. PUSH’s activities were described in 1987 as conducting boycotts of business to induce them to provide more jobs and business to blacks and as running programs for housing, social services and voter registration. The organization was funded by contributions from businesses and individuals. In early 1987 the continued existence of Operation PUSH was imperiled by debt, a fact that was used by Jackson’s political opponents during his race for the 1988 Democratic Party nomination. In 1996, the Operation PUSH and Rainbow Coalition organizations were merged.
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