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September 20, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU hosts Ohio Prophetic Voices lecturer

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Troy Jackson, a historian and co-founder and director of Ohio Prophetic Voices, a movement of faith leaders and clergy engaged in the struggle for economic and racial justice, will present two lectures detailing events surrounding the U.S. Civil Rights marches when he visits Slippery Rock University Sept. 25-26.

The lectures, part of an ongoing SRU history department project, are titled "The Long Road to the March on Washington," which will be presented at 7 p.m., Sept. 25, in the Smith Student Center Theater, and "The March Continues: Racial Justice in the 21st-Century," presented at 12:30 p.m., Sept. 26, in 105 Vincent Science Center.

Ohio Prophetic Voices is a new organizing initiative to galvanize clergy and congregations to work for biblical justice in Ohio. In 2011, Jackson was faith outreach director for the "We Are Ohio" campaign that led to the successful repeal of Ohio Senate Bill 5, which he said limited collective bargaining by public sector workers.

His is the author of "Becoming King: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Making of a National Leader" that was published by The University Press of Kentucky in 2008 and explores the critical role the grassroots Montgomery Movement played in the development of King. He was editor of "The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Volume VI: Advocate of the Social Gospel" was published by Berkeley, University of California Press in 2007.

Jackson previously served as pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 19 nineteen years.

A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, he earned his doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Kentucky.

He and his family make their home in Cincinnati.

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