FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., to be Honored by Black Journalists for “Unwavering commitment” to Fairness and Inclusion in Media
A day after receiving the National Urban League Lifetime Achievement Award, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., will be honored by another venerable organization fighting for fairness, equality and inclusion – the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Salute to Excellence Dinner and Awards
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit
“It is with great pride that NABJ recognizes Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. as a civil rights icon,” the association said in a statement. “Rev. Jackson has been on the frontlines fighting for human and civil rights for all Americans for more than half a century. He keeps hope alive for the underserved, the voiceless, but also for many of our most influential and powerful leaders when their backs are against the wall and they had nowhere else to turn to fight their battles. He has sat in many newsrooms and back rooms addressing contracts and other issues impacting black journalists."
NABJ President Sarah Glover said Rev. Jackson, “more than any other legendary leader,” helped “establish the careers of many of us in this organization,” adding, that when “Run Jesse Run” thundered across the United States in the 1980’s, “our news rooms allowed us to follow Rev. Jackson during his historic presidential campaigns.”
And when Rev. Jackson visited world leaders, such as Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Ms. Glover said he always requested that editors send a black journalist as part of his entourage
“We thank Rev. Jackson for his unwavering commitment to our struggle,” she said. “We are all in a better place today because his desire to get the story in our community told.”
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.
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