Iconic US civil rights leader, the Rev Jesse Jackson, will give his public backing to the UK-based global Development agency, Christian Aid, this autumn.
Jackson, who was famously with Martin Luther King when he was assassinated, and has been an outspoken campaigner for social justice, will be the keynote speaker at Christian Aid's Supporter Day on Wednesday, 20 October 2010.
The Day is a chance to celebrate the NGO's achievements in working for and with the world's poor – and to back its initiatives for change on everything from trade, aid and debt to the corporate tax avoidance that cripples many poorer communities while lining the pockets of the wealthy.
This will be Christian Aid's main event of 2010, a spokesperson told Ekklesia.
Prior to an afternoon's campaign action there will be a supporter event at Methodist Central Hall in central London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The Day runs from 11am to 4pm.
Jesse Jackson will address supporters alongside Christian Aid's new director, Loretta Minghella, and head of Christian Aid Scotland, the Rev Kathy Galloway - a former leader of the Iona Community.
There will also be an opportunity to hear about the day-to-day reality of the fight against poverty and injustice from partner staff and community members from India, Zambia and Haiti.
For registration details go to: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ActNow/dosomething/october-event.aspx