Winter 2017-2018

Rev. Jesse Jackson Reveals His Battle with Parkinson's Disease

struggles intensified I could no longer ignore the symptoms, so I acquiesced.

"After a battery of tests, my

physicians identified the issue as Parkinson's disease, a disease that bested my father.

"Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it. For me, a Parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes


Rev. Jesse Jackson poses for a selfie with his fraternity brother, Troy Coleman, and Coleman's daughter Taylor during North Carolina A&T's homecoming weekend.


"On July 17, 1960, I was arrested, along with seven other college students, for advocating for the right to use a public library in my hometown of Greenville, S.C. I remember it like it was yesterday, for that day changed my life forever. From that experience, I lost my fear of being jailed for a righteous cause. I went on to meet Dr. King and dedicate my heart and soul to the fight for justice, equality, and equal access. In the tradition of the Apostle Paul, I have offered myself — my mind, body and soul — as a living sacrifice.

"Throughout my career of service, God has kept me in the embrace of his loving arms, and protected me and my family from dangers, seen and unseen. Now in the latter years of my life, at 76 years old, I find it increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks, and getting around is more of a challenge. My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago. For a while, I resisted interrupting my work to visit a doctor. But as my daily physical

"I am dedicate far myself from to

physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease's progression.


God continues to give me new opportunities to serve. This diagnosis is personal but it is more than that. It is an opportunity for me to use my voice to help in finding a cure for a disease that afflicts 7 to 10 million worldwide. Some 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's every year.

hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy

"I will continue to try to instill to the disenfranchised

and free innocent prisoners around the world. I'm also spending some time working on my memoir so I can share with others the lessons I have learned in my life of public service. I steadfastly affirm that I would rather wear out than rust out.

friends who continue to care for me and support me. I

"I want to thank my family and will need your

prayers and graceful understanding as I undertake this new challenge. As we continue in the struggle for human rights, remember that God will see us through, even in our midnight moments.

"KEEP HOPE ALIVE! "Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr."

The HBCU Advocate

Morehouse College Partners with NFL for Workshop

athletes with tools and resources

to impact social issues respectfully and responsibly. Athletes will be taught organizational relationship

management, and best practices in media relations.

Colin Kaepernick Photo courtesy of @Kaepernick7 on Twitter

The National Football League, Morehouse College


Workshop at Morehouse College in Atlanta,

2018 to educate athletes on how to develop

host the Advocacy Georgia, and

platforms advocacy impact society.

“Sport has been an international venue for social change since before Jesse Owens swept the 1936 Olympics and opened the world’s eyes to the image of justice and equality,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football “This at

Operations. training

historic workshop is aimed the next generation of

athletes who wish to use sport as a powerful platform for advocacy. Our partnership is designed to equip athletes as influencers and community leaders with the mechanics to develop their advocacy platform.” The NFL and Morehouse College partnership is the product of ongoing strategic meetings held at the school since October 2016, convened by RISE. Former and active


athletes, academics, politicians, social activists


and sport administrators a curriculum

to equip

implement that

Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) will

the in

Ross Sport

February 21-23, effective


“Athletes have a unique ability to bring people together for solution- driven conversations that can bring about real change,” said RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson. “At RISE, we believe that harnessing the unifying power of sports and empowering athletes to be effective advocates can improve race relations and drive

social progress

in our country. We are proud to work with the NFL and Morehouse College to help enhance athletes’ ability


create positive change.” Workshop participants will learn

about previous movements and focus on process, acquire knowledge of impactful

tools and resources, and

hear from athlete activists, politicians and social activists.

Dr. David Wall Rice, Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College, has taken the lead in designing the

Advocacy in Sport workshop

curriculum through his Identity, Art and Democracy Laboratory. Students selected to participate in the workshop will also take his winter term course Psychology, Sport and Social Justice.


"Linking with the NFL and their in

pushing forward social

justice agendas that mirror present and past activist foundations of Morehouse College

is important work,” said

Harold Martin Jr., Interim President of Morehouse College. “We take our relationship here and the trust that many of the players have already communicated to Dr. Rice seriously, and we know that the work we do in February and beyond has the capacity to impact lives.”



Opening Reception- Pathways to Education: 1868-2018 Friday, January 26, 2018 | Hampton University Museum

This exhibit will explore through objects and photographs the 150 year history of Hampton University, beginning with its founding through present times. The history of the Hampton University Museum founded in 1868, will also be showcased. A public platform featuring two individuals with unique connections to Hampton University will share personal and family insights on the lives of two extraordinary men and their roles at Hampton University on opening night of the exhibit. The Conversations will be free and open to the public, and offer a cordial atmosphere allowing the audience to engage with featured guests and ask questions.

With musical performance by Radiance String Ensemble 5:30pm – 7:00pm

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