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The Reverend Al Sharpton to speak at Dartmouth Feb. 17

Posted 02/12/02

As part of its Social Justice Lectureship series, the William Jewett Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College will host a talk by the Reverend Al Sharpton on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. in Rollins Chapel on the Dartmouth Campus. The lecture is being co-sponsored by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College. Sharpton will speak on public service and social justice issues and take questions. The event is free and open to the public.

Sharpton, a civil rights activist and potential Presidential candidate in 2004, is the founder and president of National Action Network, a civil rights organization whose mission is to be the voice of empowerment for the disenfranchised throughout America. Sharpton ran for the U.S. Senate in 1992 and 1994, and in 1997 ran for Mayor of New York. In the 1980s and 1990s he organized a series of direct action campaigns to fight racism in the criminal justice system, and in 2000 he lead the "Reclaim the Dream" march on Washington, D.C. In 2001, Sharpton spent 90 days in prison for allegedly trespassing on the U.S. Naval base on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques and since September 11 has organized events focused on civil liberties and the racial profiling of Arab Americans.

The Social Justice Lectureship Series brings to campus nationally prominent figures who champion social justice causes in society today. The series provides a public forum for dialogue on contemporary social issues, including human rights, poverty, racism, sexism, violence, war and peace, environmental sustainability, and the economy.

Founded in 1951 in honor of William Jewett Tucker, the ninth president of Dartmouth, the Tucker Foundation is charged with furthering "the moral and spiritual life of the College" by providing religious life programs and counseling, local, national and worldwide voluntary services and workshops, among other student opportunities. The Foundation will celebrate its 50th anniversary this spring.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center was established in 1983 to foster education and research about public policy and civic leadership. In addition to a strong commitment to undergraduate education through its many student discussion groups and sponsored visits by public policy professionals, it supports Dartmouth faculty scholarship and initiatives. More information about Sharpton's visit is available by calling (603) 646-3780.

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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