EDWARDSVILLE — Gen. Colin L. Powell, one of the most respected leaders in American history, will launch the speaker series for the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities.
Powell will be the guest speaker Thursday, March 31, at the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation’s inaugural dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Meridian Ballroom.
“We are very pleased to be able to announce Gen. Colin Powell as our first national speaker for the MJCHF,” President and Director Mannie Jackson said. “Gen. Powell will launch the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities as a place where important conversation is held regarding critical issues facing our country. He has made a lifetime commitment to public service and instituting freedom throughout the world.”
Powell was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President George H.W. Bush in 1989 and secretary of state under President George W. Bush in 2000.
“The Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities will serve as a ground for discussions and dialogue about respect, dignity, understanding and forgiveness, with a goal of improving and changing relationships,” Executive Director Ed Hightower said. “Through Gen. Powell’s experience, we believe he can help illustrate and frame these discussions.”
A four-star general, some of Powell’s numerous awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom. Powell is also the author of the best-selling autobiography, “My American Journey,” and his second book, “It Worked for Me,” was an instant New York Times best seller. Through his works, he reveals the lessons that shaped his life and career.
“The opportunity to hear and see Gen. Powell speak is one example of the high-caliber programming we plan to present at the Center,” said L&C President Dale Chapman. “It is through opportunities like this one that we hope to promote the center’s mission to open people’s minds to accepting and understanding each other’s differences and move toward a more united global community.”
Tickets for the event are sold out.
The Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities, a division of Lewis and Clark Community College. The center was created to bring together diverse audiences and humanities programming through lectures, readings, dialogues, public engagement opportunities and educational activities.
For information, visit www.mjchf.org or call the center at (618) 655-2881.