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Rev. Jesse Jackson to speak at Roanoke College

Town hall set for Monday at noon

Jesse Jackson speaks onstage during the National CARES Mentoring Movements 2nd Annual 'For the Love of Our Children' Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 30, 2017. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for for National CARES Mentoring Movement)
Jesse Jackson speaks onstage during the National CARES Mentoring Movements 2nd Annual 'For the Love of Our Children' Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 30, 2017. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for for National CARES Mentoring Movement) (Getty Images)

SALEM, Va. – The Roanoke College Democrats, a student organization, will host a public town hall with the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday at noon in the Bast Center.

Complimentary tickets are required and can be obtained at http://bit.ly/2y9CZkm. The limit is two per person.

Doors open at 11 a.m. Those attending should enter Bast from the entrance on Market Street. Parking is also available at the Salem Farmer’s Market, which is about a block from Bast.

Jackson is an American civil rights leader, Baptist minister and politician. Currently, he is on a “Healing and Rebuilding” bus tour around Virginia.

The town hall will focus on health care and voter rights and will be moderated by Virginia Del. Sam Rasoul, who represents Virginia's 11th District, which includes parts of the city of Roanoke.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.