Rainbow PUSH Coalition to Celebrate 40 Years of Civil Rights Activism
Operation PUSH was founded on Christmas Day, 1971. On May 14, 2011, Rev. Jackson’s hometown will celebrate his forty years of activism with a dinner at the West End Community Center on Vardry Street. The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is one of this generation’s cutting-edge advocates for fair and equal treatment. Whether it is ending poverty, fighting for the HOPE scholarship or the Voting Rights Act or alternatives to home foreclosure, RPC stays on the front lines. Rev. Jackson will be joined by comedian Tommy Davidson, Mayor Knox White, as well as a host of friends from Greenville, South Carolina, including Councilwomen Lottie Gibson and Xanthene Norris. Coach Joseph D. Mathis will be honored at the event. The celebrated coach of the Sterling Tigers will be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame on May 23, 2011 in Columbia, S.C. According to Chapter President Rev. James Nesbitt, “He taught a generation of young African Americans to believe in themselves when the society was telling them to stay in their place.” Tickets for the event are only $30.00 and benefit the work of Rainbow PUSH in the Upstate of South Carolina. To purchase tickets, call Davida Mathis at 864 232-0809.