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The Rev. Jesse Jackson to speak at 2018 HCC Black History Scholarship Gala

Press Release

HOUSTON — The Rev. Jesse Jackson will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Houston Community College Black History Scholarship Gala.

The gala will be held Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the HCC West Houston Institute, 2811 Hayes Rd., Houston, TX 77082.

The West Houston Institute is a new, visionary facility comprised of state-of-the-art classrooms and conference spaces, all designed to serve as a real-world think tank and incubator for new methods of teaching, learning and exploring ideas.

Jackson will speak on this year’s gala theme: “The Politics of.” Now in its 12th year, the HCC Black History Scholarship Gala raises funds for deserving HCC students.

Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Jackson worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1960s. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Jackson is a two-time presidential candidate, and has been credited with securing the release of hostages and political prisoners through diplomacy. He was ordained in 1968 and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2000.

In addition to Jackson’s speech, other prominent leaders in Houston’s business, education, sports, entertainment and political communities will be recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards and Unstoppable Leadership honors at the scholarship gala.

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