Annual Jesse Jackson Lecture, 12th January 2010, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
Award-winning journalist and writer Gary Younge opened Edge Hill University’s milestone birthday delivering the first annual Jesse Jackson lecture in front of an audience at Liverpool’s stunning International Slavery Museum.
Twelve months after US president Barack Obama was elected to the White House, The Guardian‘s US correspondent delivered a talk entitled Obama’s America; Dickensian Time – the best of times and the worst of times. He examined the policies introduced by the country’s first African-American president describing them “significant but ineffective”.
Gary Younge was awarded the prestigious James Cameron Award in October for his “combined moral vision and professional integrity” in his reporting of the 2008 US presidential election. He was the first speaker invited to deliver the University’s annual Jesse Jackson lecture, which commemorates the iconic civil rights leader’s visit to Edge Hill University in December 2008 by maintaining the University’s commitment to the debate on human rights and economic equality.