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Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Celebrates Rev. Jackson’s Birthday
By Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor)
Published November 8, 2007

Human Rights Activist Harry Belafonte and Television Judge Greg Mathis will be among the honorees at the 10th Annual Awards Dinner.

The gala event will ostensibly be to celebrate the 66th birthday of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, but it will also honor men and women who have done much to benefit the human family and to improve the quality of life for many.

These are the honorees, who the RainbowPUSH Coalition and Rev. Jackson have identified as extraordinary human beings. They include Harry Belafonte, internationally-known human rights activist; Judge Greg Mathis, noted television jurist; Monica Lozano, publisher and CEO of “La Opinion” newspaper; Don Newcombe, the baseball legend; Larry King, renowned broadcaster and television journalist; and the “Respect Me” Coalition, a group that fosters respect in entertainment and the media.

The event, billed as a Red-Carpet Event, will be held on Thursday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, and it promises to be a big bash.

Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand are scheduled to be Rev. Jackson’s special guest and the entertainment will be provided by musical greats: Kenny Lattimore, George Duke and the George Duke Band.

The Annual Awards Dinner has come to be known as one of the signature events of the RainbowPUSH Los Angeles Bureau, and some of the past honorees have included Don Cornelius, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, Danny J. Bakewell Sr., and Clive Davis.

Though Rev. Jackson is in town to celebrate his birthday, he is also engaged in calling for a “March on Wall Street,” reminiscent of the marches, sit-ins and protests of the civil rights era. He wants to spotlight the current national foreclosure crisis in home ownership and has called it the “Great Economic Titanic.” Rev. Jackson said, “We need a massive freeze on foreclosure because some of those who are responsible are leaving the sinking ship on golden life rafts.”

In celebrating Rev. Jackson’s birthday, RainbowPUSH is paying homage to one of America’s foremost human rights fighters and political figures who, over the past forty years, has played a pivotal role in securing empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and social justice in virtually every movement including the entertainment industry. His works and his life are a reflection of service to his fellow man.

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