Rev. Jesse Jackson to speak

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson is the keynote speaker for the Saint Paul Academy Education Gala, scheduled for Saturday, March 20, at Cliffbreakers Restaurant and Convention Center, 700 W. Riverside Blvd. The gala will begin with a V.I.P. reception at 6 p.m., followed by a banquet at 7 p.m. Tickets for both events are available from Georgia Washington, 877-5166 and e-mail at or the Academy office at 965-4308.

Jackson is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past 40 years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality and economic and social justice. Rev. Jackson has been called the “Conscience of the Nation” and “The Great Unifier” challenging America to be inclusive and to establish just and human priorities for the benefit of all. He is known for bringing people together in common ground across lines of race, culture, class, gender and belief.

Saint Paul Academy is a growing private school in southwest Rockford. Founded in 1991, Saint Paul Academy focuses on high academic standards, is affordable and has a 1-10 pupil-teacher ratio. The Academy uses the A Beka (phonics based) curriculum, and its pupils consistently score at and above the national test level in core curriculum subjects.

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