Jesse Jackson to hold rally at OSU


CORVALLIS - Jesse Jackson will hold a free public assembly at Oregon State University's LaSells Stewart Center at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

"He's scheduled for a campus rally. It's part of Rev. Jackson's 'Get Out the Vote Tour '96,'" said Leslie Watson-Davis, a staff coordinator with Jackson's Washington D.C.-based National Rainbow Coalition.

Widely hailed as a spellbinding orator, Jackson first gained fame in the nation's civil rights movement of the 1960s and early '70s. In 1984, and again in 1988, Jackson ran for the U.S. presidency and was unsuccessful.

He currently serves as president of the Rainbow Coalition, a grassroots advocacy organization of minority groups. He is active in fighting for social and economic issues such as child and health care, housing and fair labor practices.

The Corvallis campus is the first of two Oregon stops. His final Oregon appearance of the tour will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 30) at Portland State University, Watson-Davis said.

"He'll hold a rally and then a leadership meeting. Community leaders and elected officials will be invited and plans will be made for getting out the vote," she said.