September 27, 2020         
C-Sweet Webinar: “How We Can Make Difference” Part Three in a Series on Why Diversity Matters   •   Dow leaders recognized on 2020 HERoes Women Role Model lists   •   The Return of the Pope of Buddhism Scepter by His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III was Rejected   •   ADEA Statement in Support of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workplace Training   •   Censorship and the Dangers of Being Silenced   •   Celebrity Nitzia Chama Will Host Launch Event For KUL CBD Luxury Skincare At Curacao Department Stores   •   Association of Independent Mortgage Experts Partners with United Wholesale Mortgage and Home Point Financial to Introduce Small   •   AHF Rings Alarm Over Nationwide Shortage of STD Test Kits   •   In response to Governor Newsom signing Assembly Bill 2149 into law Postmates along with other concerned parties, Dine Black LA a   •   Cubic Introduces New Ventra Mobile App for Chicagoland Travelers   •   Frog Street Offers Extensive "At-Home Learning" Resources to Help Children Stay Engaged in New Hybrid Learning Environments   •   Everything You Need To Know About PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL's Festival 2020 Returning Virtually!   •   U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce Endorses Joe Biden   •   Curative Researchers Initiate Research Study to Test Efficacy of Self-Collected COVID-19 Tests   •   Laird Superfood Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering and Exercise in Full of the Underwriters’ Option to Purchase   •   ERLC President Russell Moore Affirms Amy Coney Barrett as SCOTUS Justice Nominee   •   LegalShield Leadership Convention, Lead the Change, to Bring Record Number of Associates Together Virtually   •   Books-A-Million Honors U.S. Military with Coffee for the Troops Program Through October 24   •   TherapeuticsMD Provides Update on Third Quarter Progress   •   Pres. Donald Trump to speak on Friday Night at Family Research Council Action's Values Voter Summit 2020
Bookmark and Share

Rev. Jesse Jackson Gala Set

WASHINGTON – The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies has announced that it will honor the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and one of America’s foremost religious, political and civil rights leaders, with the 2010 Louis E. Martin Great American Award at its 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner, April 27, 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington.
 
 
Reverend Jackson will be recognized for more than a half-century of activism and leadership in the cause of human and civil rights and non-violent social change, and in particular his efforts to advance civic and political engagement among people of color, a key Joint Center objective over its four decades of service as a leading research and policy institution.
 
“Through his own example and especially his historic runs for the Presidency, Reverend Jackson perhaps did more than anyone else in our era to enlarge civic engagement and broaden public confidence in our system,” said Ralph B. Everett, the Joint Center’s President and CEO, who noted that the number of black elected officials in the U.S. has doubled since Reverend Jackson’s first presidential campaign in 1984 to more than 10,000 today.
 
“He inspired and energized millions to greater involvement in their communities, in the political process and in determining their own futures,” said Everett.  “At the same time, he launched a national conversation on the possibility a person of color could become President of the United States of America.”
 
The Louis E. Martin Great American Award, named after the legendary journalist and presidential advisor and founder of the Joint Center, honors an individual who has promoted racial harmony while championing policies that have made a difference in American society. Previous award recipients include former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Muhammad Ali, lawyer and civil rights leader Vernon Jordan, Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and civil rights activist Dr. Dorothy I. Height.
 
“Many times over the course of the past 40 years, Reverend Jackson has motivated the Joint Center and influenced our research agenda through his focus on particular disparities and concerns in communities of color, and always in the larger national context of building a better America for all citizens,” said Roderick D. Gillum, Chair of the Joint Center’s Board of Governors.
 
The Joint Center also announced that the national chairperson of the Gala will be Cynthia G. Marshall, President of AT&T North Carolina and a member of the Joint Center’s Board of Governors.  AT&T is the world’s largest telecommunications holding company by revenue and has chaired the Joint Center’s Annual Dinner on three other occasions.
 
Hosted by the Joint Center each year for more than a quarter century and with this year’s theme of Research – Empowerment – Engagement, this year’s Gala Dinner is expected to be attended by more than 700 government, business, civic and community leaders from across the country, who will gather to pay tribute to the Joint Center on its 40th Anniversary, and its historic and ongoing role in expanding African American leadership in the nation’s political and civic life.
 
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation's leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work  focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. The Joint Center is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. To learn more, please visit www.jointcenter.org.  
 

###

Contact: Betty Anne Williams, 202-789-3505
bawilliams@jointcenter.org

 



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News