Civil rights activist Jessie Jackson will be honored as Black Enterprise Magazine holds its 2014 Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide traders insurance on Wednesday, May 14 through Saturday, May 17, at the Hyatt Regency Columbus in Columbus, Ohio, with a powerhouse line-up of some of the nation’s most accomplished and celebrated entrepreneurs. Jackson will be honored with the B.E. Community Empowerment Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement of an individual dedicated to the economic empowerment of communities, as a champion of entrepreneurship and business growth, employment opportunities and wealth creation for African Americans. His award will be presented at the BE 100s Dinner on Friday, May 16, at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

Jackson has been called the “Conscience of the Nation” and “the Great Unifier,” challenging America to be inclusive and to establish just and humane priorities for the benefit of all. He is known for bringing people together on common ground across lines of race, culture, class, gender and belief. Jackson began his activism as a student in the summer of 1960 seeking to desegregate the local public library in Greenville and then as a leader in the sit-in movement. He was soon appointed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to direct the Operation Breadbasket program. In December of 1971,Jackson founded Operation PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity) in Chicago, IL. The goals of Operation PUSH were economic empowerment and expanding educational, business and employment opportunities for the disadvantaged and people of color.

Jackson established the Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project in 1996, an outgrowth of a social justice movement working to secure both equal opportunity and protection under the law for all Americans. Rainbow PUSH Coalition is also championing the need to open up a new era of growth and inclusion of African Americans and people of color in Silicon Valley’s technology industry.

Preacher and entrepreneur T.D. Jakes will also be honored at the event, and will also serve as one of the keynote speakers.

For more details about the conference, visit:
www.blackenterprise.com/ec

Michael Bailey
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