Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Snr visits Port Elizabeth for Govan Mbeki Memorial Lecture


The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality announced on Friday internationally acclaimed US human rights activist, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Snr, who is also the founder and president of Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, will be in the City next week.

Reverend Jackson will be visiting the City mainly to deliver the Govan Mbeki Memorial Lecture on October 21, 2014 at the Feather Market Convention Centre.

Accompanied by a delegation of men and women who are part of his Coalition, Rev Jackson will also visit a number of heritage/memorial sites as well graves of Rivonia Trialists, Govan Mbeki and Raymond Mhlaba in Zwide. The delegation will be led by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Benson Fihla.

On October 20, he is expected to visit the grave of Govan Mbeki, at Zwide Cemetery, where he will take part in a wreath lying ceremony. That afternoon, he will visit Route 67 and Garden of Remembrance at the Donkin Reserve.

The following day, October 21, Reverend Jackson will tour from City Hall to the following heritage sites:

  • Langa Memorial, Uitenhage,
  • Motherwell Peace Park and Cradock Four, Motherwell,
  • Mendi Memorial and Emlotheni, in New Brighton.

He will also visit Papenkuils Cemetery and the Van Der Kemps Kloof before delivering his speech at the Govan Mbeki Memorial Lecture at the Feather Market Convention Centre, along Baakens Street, that evening.