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Friday, February 8, 2019
Rev. Jackson Honored at Unveiling of DuSable Museum’s New High Tech “Voices of the Civil Rights Movement” Exhibit
CHICAGO – Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. was one of six civil rights activists honored Thursday at the unveiling of the DuSable Museum of African American History permanent high-tech “Voices of the Civil Rights Movement” exhibit.
The interactive exhibit, located at 640 E. 56th Place in Chicago, is a multimedia collaboration of Comcast NBCUniversal and the Equal Justice Initiative. It honors the legacy and the impact of America’s civil rights leaders and contains 240 stories and interviews with a social media following of more than 200,000 users.
The exhibit was unveiled during a private reception at the historic museum that was founded by the late Dr. Margaret Burroughs in 1961. According to DuSable’s president/CEO Perri L. Irmer, the museum is the “oldest, independent black museum in the country.”
David L. Cohen, senior executive vice president and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corp., said, “We’re especially proud to make this exhibit part of the DuSable’s permanent collection, celebrate Chicago’s rich contributions to our nation’s civil rights movement, and enrich the experience of museum visitors as they learn directly from civil rights leaders.”
In introducing Rev. Jackson’s segment, entitled, “Confronting America’s Broken Promise,” Ebonne Ruffins, vice president of Local Media Development at Comcast, spoke of Rev. Jackson’s historic runs for president in 1984 and 1988 and his more than 50 years on the frontlines of the struggle for civil rights and human rights.
In the video, Rev. Jackson talks about the first time he was arrested on July 16, 1960 when he and six others tried to use the Greenville, South Carolina library.
Rev. Jackson also spoke about the real meaning of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech – the “broken promise” of full citizenship for African Americans. After 246-years of legal slavery and 100 years of Jim Crow and segregation, African Americans still face police abuse, economic unfairness and racism.
Others honored were: Historian and civil rights activist Timuel Black, Rev. Clyde Brooks, civil rights leader and former president, Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Chicago, Josie Childs, founder and president, Harold Washington Legacy committee; civil rights Attorney James Montgomery and retired professor and political consultant Robert Starks.
To see and hear the historic video collection, click on: https://voicesofthecivilrightsmovement.com/
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.