The Rainbow PUSH Coalition Will Celebrate The 75th Birthday of Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.Friday, October 21, 2016 at Downtown Atlanta Hyatt RegencyCivil Right’s Icon Acknowledged for Lifetime Commitment, Celebrating 50 Years of Service

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A huge birthday celebration and Rainbow Push Confrence will take place this week in Atlanta in honor the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s 50 years of service.  God has used this modern day Moses to deliver minorities, the poor, negotiate the safe return of solders, and countless others.  Rev. Jesse Jackson has done more to have never held an elected office then most elected officials.
Jackson turned 75 on last Saturday, but will celebrate in the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement and home of his mentor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The founder of Rainbow Push will be honored at a star studded black tie gala on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  Tickets are still available.  A number of other spatular events will take place all week a long with the conference.  
It started with a breakfast and wrapped up with a luncheon attended by faith leaders and community activists.
Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s 75th Birthday Celebration and his work for over 50 years. This year’s annual Hope is Alive Awards Gala will also recognize Mrs. Helen Price, President-Coca Cola Foundation, Mr. Leroy Johnson, former State Senator of Georgia, Attorney CK Hoffler, and Nathaniel Goldson, Founder of Gourmet Services, Inc. The Hope is Alive Awards Gala will be hosted by, WSB-TV 2 Anchor Dave Huddleston and CBS 46 morning Anchor Gloria Neal. It will also include special musical presentations by various music artists, from Lloyd, Phillipia, and Teresa Hightower to Reverend Jackson’s daughter Ms. Santita Jackson. A special tribute is planned including Civil Right foot soldier and Icons. This exciting celebration will be topped off with a surprise guest DJ. This blockbuster event will culminate Friday, October 21 activities at the Rainbow PUSH Atlanta 17th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference (October 20 – 22, 1986).  The Rainbow PUSH Coalition will host its 17th Creating Opportunity Conference, October 20 – 22, 2016. The 17th Creating Opportunity Conference is an informative event that supports the Rainbow PUSH Peach Street Project launched in 2000 to work for justice and equality in education, youth development, financial literacy, business formation and growth. This year’s conference will take place Thursday at Morehouse College and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Friday and Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta (Downtown).
This year’s conference celebrates Reverend Jackson’s 50 year legacy of work and his commitment to economic equity as well as Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s 75th Birthday. “This is a special year because we are celebrating the work Reverend Jackson began 50 years ago with Opportunity Breadbasket in Chicago, Illinois. We are fortunate to not only celebrate his work for over 50 years, but are also recognize this Civil Rights icon on this milestone birthday of 75 years, said Calvin Vismale, Director of the Rainbow PUSH Atlanta office. “This represents the opportunity to give back to someone who has given so much to all and has made our lives better ,” said Vismale.​
This year’s conference focuses on the continued Civil Rights struggle of today, economic equity. The theme is “Converting Opportunity to Wealth in Our Community” filled with sessions and activities that will provide its attendees: 


Thursday, October 20, 2016 ​Morehouse College
​​​​​Shirley A. Massey Conference Center
Bank of America Auditorium
​​​​​830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
• Creating the Black Tech Ecosystem panel discussion. Information, advice and exposure to Angel Investors such as Michael Ross, financial institutions and bankers such as Jerome Russell from Citizens Trust Bank.
• Focused on digital entertainment, Digital Capital: The Quest for Appropriate Capital, featuring entertainment executives and the process of raising capital.  
• Strategy Luncheon: Piercing the Capital Veil honoring inventor technologist Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the SUPER SOAKER.
• Business pitch competition finals, PUSHTech 2020 Think Tank, featuring innovative entrepreneurs who can win up to $5,000.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights ​​100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
• Intergenerational Mixer and conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. This exciting event is an opportunity for youth and young adults to engage in discussion on Civil Rights and today’s role.
Friday, October 21, 2016​ ​Hyatt Regency Atlanta (Downtown)
265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
• Powerful Women in Leadership Breakfast featuring the Honorable Alexis Herman and honorees Mrs. Juanita Abernathy, Ms. Bree Newsome and Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd. Mrs. Lisa Rayam, former TV News 5 anchor (FOX), will serve as the mistress of ceremony with entertainment provided by Ms. Regina Love, former contestant on The Voice, season 9.
• Public Policy Roundtable focused on the Black Vote featuring Joe Neal, Marilyn Stevens, Atlanta Councilman Ceasar Mitchell, Georgia Representative Floyd Makissick, Georgia Senator Gail Davenport, Michael Thurmond, former Georgia Commissioner of Labor and South Carolina Senator Marlon Kimpson.
• Annual Minister’s Luncheon featuring Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, St. Stephen Church, Louisville, Kentucky and Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas.
• Community Stabilization and Financial Readiness session. This workshop will provide discussion and information with Robert Smith from Wells Fargo and Maurice Coleman from Bank of America.
• Panelist from Marta, GDOT, Georgia Port Authority, ARC, The Partnership for Southern Equity and Project Urban Renewal Energy will engage in an informative session, Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy, Utilities and the Environment focusing on key drivers of economic growth through public, private and philanthropic partnerships.  
Hope is Alive Awards Gala​​ Regency Ballroom
​​​​​Hyatt Regency Atlanta (Downtown)
265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
• Blockbuster annual Hope is Alive Awards Gala celebrating the 75th Birthday of The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. recognizing Mrs. Helen Price, President-Coca Cola Foundation, Mr. Leroy Johnson, former State Senator of Georgia, Attorney CK Hoffler and Nathaniel Goldson, Founder of Gourmet Services, Inc.  
• The Hope is Alive Awards Gala will be hosted by, WSB-TV 2 Anchor Dave Huddleston and CBS 46 morning Anchor Gloria Neal. It will also include special musical presentations by various music artists, from Lloyd, Phillipia, and Teresa Hightower to Reverend Jackson’s daughter Ms. Santita Jackson. A special tribute is planned including Civil Right foot soldier and Icons. This exciting celebration will be topped off with a surprise guest DJ.
Saturday, October 22, 2016​Hyatt Regency Atlanta (Downtown)
265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
• Focus on health disparity with former Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher including health care experts from Peace Medicine Institute and Wellstar.
• Community Economic Development session to discuss the tide of gentrification and displacement looking at best practices with experts such as Marta Director of Real Estate, Richard Slayton and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation Executive Director, Roderick Miller.
• Saturday youth focused events and activities including Wells Fargo Bank’s Monopoly teaching money management life skills; Interactive session on Coding, Gaming and Virtual Reality; The Game of Chess and learning winning strategies for life management by Orin Hudson, chess champion and motivational speaker recently tapped by Disney to help promote film “Queen of Katwe” with actress Lupita Nyong’o.
The Honorable Alexis Herman Headlines Powerful Women in Leadership Breakfast
Rainbow Push Atlanta 17th Creating Opportunity Conference October 21, 2016, 8:00 AM
Mrs. Juanita Abernathy, Ms. Bree Newsome, and Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd
Honored for their leadership role as change agents in the movement of Civil Rights
Who:​​  Honorable Alexis Herman, America’s 23rd Secretary of Labor – Keynote Speaker
​​Mrs. Juanita Abernathy, American Civil Rights Legend – Mother of the Movement
Ms. Bree Newsome, American Filmmaker, Musician, Speaker and Activist from Charlotte, North Carolina – Woman of Courage
​Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, President-Alabama State University – Excellence in Education
Mrs. Lisa Rayam, Former News Anchor at FOX 5 Atlanta (WAGA) – Hostess
What:​  The Powerful Women in Leadership breakfast will feature the Honorable Alexis Herman, America’s 23rd Secretary of Labor and the first African American ever to lead the United States Department of Labor. Herman’s focus will be “The Power of Women Leader’s,” exemplified in this year’s award recipients whose individual actions demonstrate women leadership that is poignant and purposeful. Rainbow PUSH Atlanta is exited to recognize the contribution of women, who have served as the backbone of the Civil Rights movement at the 17th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference being held from October 20 – 22, 1986.
When:​​  Friday, October 21, 2016
​8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Where:​​  Hyatt Regency Atlanta (Downtown)
​​Regency Ballroom
​​265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 30303

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  1. Is that race-baiting, adulterous apostate still alive?

  2. Yeah Lawrence You are still kicking.

  3. @David – LOL – You really answered Lawrence. I’m still laughing. Some people can never see or say anything good or decent about anyone. They just point fingers. @Lawrence – I have a question for you – What have you done to help your community or how have you helped anyone? Have you made any contribution to any organization? I don’t necessarily agree with everything the Reverend has done, but I cannot overlook the contribution and sacrifices he has made. We all have fallen short. We all have flaws. I have made contributions myself, but when I look back over my 70 years, I think I could have done more and if the God I serve gives me the strength, I will do more. I am not boasting or bragging, but I have mentored youths, served dinners to the homeless, given good clothes to those in need and helped transport seniors to appointments (without pay). God has bless me. With all the violence and problems this world is facing, we don’t need to be criticizing anyone. We need to be out on the battlefield ourselves.

  4. Ms. Elaine what contributions has he really given us??!!!
    He works for the very enemy that we are trying to defeat.
    So tell me how that works again?!
    EVERY black leader that has TRULY tried to unite was killed- barely got to 40 years old.
    Why is Sharpton and Jackson YET living after all these years?!

    • July 17, 1960 – Jackson begins his civil rights activism when he and seven others enter the “whites only” public library in Greenville County, South Carolina. They are subsequently arrested and jailed. A lawyer files suit on their behalf and two months later the library system abandons formal segregation of its downtown library.
      1965 – Participates in civil rights demonstrations in Selma, Alabama, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
      1966 – Is chosen by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to head the Chicago branch of Operation Breadbasket, an organization that strives to improve the economic condition of black communities across the nation.
      1984 – Secures the release of 48 Cuban and Cuban-American prisoners held in Cuba and of Navy Lieutenant Robert Goodman, an African-American pilot held hostage in Syria.
      May 1, 1999 – Successfully negotiates with Slobodan Milosevic for the release of three US soldiers who had been held in Yugoslavia for over a month.
      September 2012 – Two Americans serving prison sentences for treason in Gambia are allowed to return to the United States after Jackson makes a face-to-face appeal to President Yahya Jammeh for their release.
      October 2013 – Following public pleas from Jackson, Colombia’s FARC guerrillas release Kevin Scott Sutay, who had been captured by FARC guerrillas on June 20, while he was backpacking through Colombia.
      August 19, 2014 – Writes an op-ed for USA Today, “There’s a ‘Ferguson’ Near You,” commenting on the shooting death of 18-year-old Ferguson, Missouri resident Michael Brown, which sparked protests and a national debate.
      This are just a few. I do NOT like Jesse BUT I will give credit where credit is due!
      The man has contributed greatly.
      Again, I do NOT like him.

      • Jackson has done NOTHING but kept black folk with their heads in the sand while he works for our enemy.
        He’s no better than Sharpton.
        He finally was found out in Ferguson and they kicked him out.
        Hahaa that was a hilarious video!!!!

  5. Exactly Junebug… Dude is an operative!!! There are some very compelling conspiracies out there that tie him directly to MLK’s assignation…

    • I believe every word of it too!!!!
      I don’t trust him.
      When he can pay his child support and take care of his “love child” then he can get SOME respect from me.
      He’s a deadbeat baby daddy and call himself trying to help black people???!!
      He can help himself down to that child support office and pay what he owes.

  6. To answer your question, as if it really has anything to do with subject at hand, I am the president of my local homeowners association. As such I have organized neighborhood cleanups, candidates nights and Blue Lives Matter events. I, for three years taught a mentoring course for pre teen youth called Man to Man, at my church. I also organized a small group of other men in my neighborhood to push back against corner drug dealing seceralbuears ago. We would stand on the corners where drugs were being sold, and just have conversations among ourselves. We alerted police of illegal activity, and attended trials to make sure the perps got incarcerated.
    As an avid collector of Black Americana, and having one of the largest collections in my region, I have used original newspapers, book,photogrphs and recordings to expose the racist history of the DemoKKKrat party. Have I answered your question sufficiently? And, Jesse is a race-baiting, aduterous, poverty-pimping, apostate preacher.

  7. Junebug, you are right not to trust Jesse. Let us never forget howche LIED about ”cradling” Dr. King after he was shot. Witnesses, in llincluding HosracWilliams same said it was a lie. He smeared King’s blood on his shirt.

  8. IF we gave away awards to the perfect, none of us would ever be recognized. No Pastor, christian, believer, father, mother, employer/employee, because we have all done some of the same things that he has done. (fornicate, lie, cheat, steal, adultery, child or children out of wedlock. Not being a pastor/preacher doesn’t get us off the hook with God when we sin. We are all still held accountable and have no room to judge anyone if we look at our own lives. Let’s take about an hour and write down all of the times that we have personally sinned. If we compare what we know that we have done against the few things that we have heard that he has done, we might all look a little sluttish and foolish, walking away as the men did when Jesus told them to let the one who has not sinned to cast the first stone. (By the way, I am not a Jesse fan. I’m just real.

  9. He is being awarded for his work and accomplishments, not his flaws. His life in its entirety, not in a few moments in history.

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