Derry visit for veteran civil rights leader

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American civil rights leader and politician Reverend Jesse Jackson will visit Derry on Sunday, March 20, the ‘Derry Journal’ can exclusively reveal.

The veteran activist, Baptist minister and former US Presidential candidate will spend a day in the city as a special guest of the Pat Finucane Centre and the Bloody Sunday Trust.

It is understood that Rev. Jackson will visit the Museum of Free Derry in the Bogside and will meet with some of the families who work alongside the Pat Finucane Centre and the Bloody Sunday Trust.

Later the same afternoon, Rev. Jackson will participate in ‘A Conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson’ hosted by local commentator Paul McFadden at Derry’s Guildhall from 4pm until 5.30pm.

At the end of this event, Rev. Jackson will present the first ever Henry Cunningham Human Rights Award to one lucky Inishowen pupil. All are welcome at the Guildhall event, however, doors will close sharply at 3.45pm.

Speaking ahead of Reverend Jackson’s visit, PFC’s Paul O’Connor, said: “We are very pleased to host this visit. The US civil rights movement was always an inspiration to the people of Derry and beyond and ‘We Shall Overcome’ was sung with the same fervour on Duke Street as on the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.”