Distributed October 28, 2002
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis
John Hazen White Lecture
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to speak on education as a human right Nov. 11
U.S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) will speak on “Education as a Human Right” at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, in the Salomon Center for Teaching. This John Hazen White Lecture, sponsored by the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, is free and open to the public.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — U.S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) will give a John Hazen White Lecture titled “Education as a Human Right” at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, in the Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green at Brown University.
Jackson has been a U.S. representative from Chicago since 1995 and currently sits on the House Appropriations Committee, serving on the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and on the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs. During his tenure, Jackson has proposed constitutional amendments to ensure that public education and health care of high and equal quality are seen as human rights for all Americans.
Jackson’s legislative initiatives have also included the HOPE for Africa Act of 1999, which addressed the HIV/AIDS epidemic and set a framework for trade in sub-Saharan Africa. He has worked to improve domestic health care needs in underserved communities by leading the successful effort to establish the Center of Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.
Prior to his service in Congress, Jackson was national field director of the National Rainbow Coalition. He is the author of A More Perfect Union: Advancing New American Rights (2001), and he has co-authored three books with his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., including Legal Lynching (1996), which makes a case against the death penalty.
The lecture, sponsored by the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, is open to the community at no charge. For more information, call (401) 863-2201.