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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COMMEMORATIVE ADDRESS
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Human rights advocate Rev. Jesse Jackson called the audience to action in his speech titled “Linked Fate: ‘Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere’.” The theme is based on a quotation by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., with whom Jackson worked at the Southern Leadership Conference in the mid-1960s.
During his talk in Strong Auditorium on February 13, Jackson referred to King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, describing it as one of “broken promises.” He said it is important to recognize and address lingering issues of social and racial injustice by being civically engaged. At the end of his talk, he called on audience members to raise their hands if they are registered to vote and then he addressed those not registered. “Come on down, come on down to register to vote right now.” And several dozens did just that. “This is your Selma march,” he told them. “This is how you keep the tradition going.”
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Pictured above: Jackson delivers his address, Porschea Lewis ’08 (left) introduces the honorary speaker, and Jackson talks with local reporters, including Campus Times news editor Ben Wrobel ’10 (to the right).
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