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Reverend Jesse L. Jackson To Give Keynote Address at U’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Week

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Nov. 26, 2012—The University of Utah will present its 29th annual weeklong celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 19 – 24. A keynote address by civil rights activist and author Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will take place Thursday, Jan. 24 at noon at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus.

“We feel very fortunate to have Rev. Jackson deliver the keynote address for this year’s MLK celebration,” states the U’s president, David W. Pershing. “As a civil rights leader who worked alongside Martin Luther King, his presence will lend a special significance this year as we recognize the contributions and legacy of King.”

“The University of Utah couldn’t be more excited to have the esteemed Rev. Jesse Jackson headline our MLK celebrations,” says Octavio Villalpando, associate vice president for equity and diversity at the U. “The fervor and energy generated by the presence of such an important social leader serves to highlight the importance of equity on our campus.”

Details pertaining to additional MLK events taking place at the University of Utah are forthcoming. Scheduled events include cultural performance, campus and community panel discussion, film screening, community service day, a rally and “marade” (march/parade), and the 2013 Youth Leadership Awards. For more information, visit or call 801-581-7569.