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CHICAGO --- U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama will serve as keynote speakers at Northwestern University School of Law's kickoff of Diversity Week at noon, Monday, March 1, in Lincoln Hall at the Law School, 357 E. Chicago Ave.
A student-run event, Diversity Week will run from Monday, March 1 to Thursday, March 4.
It is designed to build bridges between different communities and address important issues of racial, cultural, religious, sexual and socioeconomic diversity, according to Law School student Shoba Mahadev (312-587-7037). The theme is "In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute," a quote from Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Jesse Jackson Jr. has served as congressman from Chicago since 1995. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs. Prior to his congressional service, Jackson served as the national field director of the National Rainbow Coalition. In 1987, he graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina A&T; State University in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business management. In 1990, he earned a Master of Arts degree in theology from Chicago Theological Seminary and in 1993 a juris doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Obama has served as Illinois state senator since 1995. He serves on the judiciary, revenue and public health and welfare committees. He also is a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches constitutional law and voting rights law. He serves as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and is on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, the Joyce Foundation and Leadership for Quality Education. In 1983 Obama received his bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia University and in 199 a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, Obama served as the first Aftrican American president of the Harvard Law review and was a member of the executive board of the Black Law Students Association.
(For further information, please contact: Shoba Mahadev email@example.com or Fernando Rojas, 312-587-7037.)
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