The American civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson, delivered a free public lecture at 7pm on Monday 1 December, 2008 at Edge Hill University.
The lecture, entitled Civil Rights to Equanomics, focused on the relationship between economic justice and race. This timely event focused on the aftermath of this year’s historic American elections and the candidacy of Barack Obama, the first black presidential candidate. Rev Jackson discussed 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.