Rev Jesse Jackson to speak in Liverpool

 The Centre for Local Policy Studies at Edge Hill University, Liverpool, has announced that the American civil rights leader, Rev Jesse Jackson will deliver a free public lecture at 7pm on Monday, 1 December, 2008.

The lecture, entitled Civil Rights to Equanomics, will focus on the relationship between economic justice and race. This timely event will focus on the aftermath of this year's historic American elections and the candidacy of Barack Obama, the first black presidential candidate. Rev Jackson will discuss themes from racial justice to economic equality as the event marks a number of historic anniversaries:

· The 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela
· The 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
· The 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King at which Rev. Jesse Jackson was present, standing only a few steps away from Dr King when the fatal shot was fired.

Stuart Speeden, Head of the Centre said: "The Rev Jesse Jackson's visit to Edge Hill comes at a significant time in the development of American and world politics. The US election and the current world economic crisis makes human rights a matter of immediate importance. The issues that Rev.Jackson will be addressing have direct relevance and his experience and knowledge of the civil rights movement in the 1960s through to his current role in the Equanomics movement, will bring into focus the importance of economic justice in race equality.

"This event has been possible because of our ongoing role in the promotion of equality and human rights and our collaboration with Equanomics UK.

"For Edge Hill, it marks an important development in the University's role both regionally and nationally as a centre for debate, and reinforces its commitment to widening participation in higher education."

The Liverpool-based Sense of Sound Choir, which reached the final six in the BBC's Last Choir Standing, will perform at the event.

Tickets for the event are free and can be reserved by calling the ticket line on 01695 65 0809 or by emailing .

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