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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Rev. Jackson to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Nobel Event in Sweden
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will keynote a special event at the Nobel Center in Stockholm, Sweden, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been the peace prize laureates 90th birthday – Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.
In its invitation letter, the Nobel Center said it “would be honored” for Rev. Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, to share “your personal experience on being a close friend and colleague with Dr. King.”
Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Two years later, Dr. King appointed Rev. Jackson to head Operation Breadbasket, the economic development arm of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Rev. Jackson attended Dr. King’s 39th and last birthday, a strategy session in the basement of Dr. King’s Atlanta church to plan the Poor People’s Campaign.
Less than four months later, on April 4, 1968, Rev. Jackson was standing about 15 feet away in the parking lot of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis when Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony.
During his four-day visit to Stockholm, Rev. Jackson will meet with civil rights groups, Nobel Foundation officials, journalists and tour the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. exhibit at the Nobel Museum.
Rev. Jackson will return to Chicago for the PUSH for Excellence 29th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, “Sketches of a New Legacy,”Monday, January 21, 2019 from 8 A.M. – 10 A.M. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker, Dr.
“Dr. King’s spirit has been our moral guidepost for 50 years,” Rev. Jackson wrote in The New York Times on last year’s 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.
“We are in a battle for the soul of America, and it’s not enough to admire Dr. King,” Rev. Jackson wrote. “To admire him is to reduce him to a mere celebrity. It requires no commitment, no action. Those who value justice and equality must have the will and courage to follow him. They must be ready to sacrifice.
“The struggle continues.”
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.