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Friday, September 14, 2018
Reverend Jackson to be honored with several awards during
48th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Weekend in
WASHINGTON, DC – Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Founder and President of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, will be the recipient during the 48th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Weekend in Washington, D.C. of three prestigious awards for his more than 50 years of continuous service and leadership in the movement for racial, social and economic justice.
Today, Friday September 14, 2018, the historic intersection of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s leadership conference and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, Angela Rye, attorney and political commentator and Principal/ CEO of Impact Strategies, and Ingrid Duran CEO of D & P Creative Strategies, hosted and honored Rev. Jackson during the Tech and Media Diversity Day Party and Brunch at the Longview Art Gallery in Washington, DC.
Because of Rev. Jackson’s efforts, Rye and Duran said, “the faces of tech and media are changing at a rapid pace.”
Rev. Jackson received the Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazer award. Representatives G. K. Butterfield, Tony Cardenas, Barbara Lee and Lucille Roybal Allard also were honored, receiving Leadership Diversity awards.
This evening the Southern Company, in partnership with Phase 2 Consulting, will host their 10th Annual Evening of Excellence for thought leaders, influencers and architects of change at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Rev. Jackson will be recognized for his dedication and inspirational civil rights support and will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
On Saturday, September 15, 2018, Rev Jackson and Mrs. Jacqueline Jackson, President and CEO, of the Jackson Foundation, Inc. and staunch advocate will be presented with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award during the 48th Annual Legislative Phoenix Award dinner. The theme of this year’s dinner is The Dream Still Demands.
The CBCF Lifetime Achievement award is a tribute to individuals with “exceptional vision leadership, service and extraordinary philanthropic contributions that have improved the lives of others to leave an indelible legacy.”
Mrs. Jacqueline Jackson will be feted for her support of her husband’s many initiatives and for her work
s as a civil rights trailblazer and supporter of young people, especially those from underserved communities.
“I am most grateful to be honored during this remarkable Congressional Black Caucus weekend,” Rev. Jackson said. “There is so much more work to do. We are building the coalition of conscience – at a dangerous yet hopeful time for the country and the world.”
The most fundamental challenge and opportunity the Civil Rights Movement has is to regain the Congress in 2018, Rev. Jackson said. With four million blacks in the South unregistered and two and a half million registered who didn’t vote, turning them around is key.
All roads lead to November 6, 2018.
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.