FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melissa Marullo
(PITTSBURGH, PA) February 18, 2011 – Even after 42 years, Jared Jackson continues to teach the basic principles of dignity and respect: seeking racial and economic justice, inclusion, and improved education for all at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
“The students I teach are mostly African American, and I enjoy sharing what the bible has to say to us in the context of America today,” Jackson said.
Nominated by his wife, Reverend Cynthia Jackson, Jared is the February Dignity & Respect Champion for his work in seeking justice and peace for all.
“Jared believes we only will have peace when there is dignity and respect afforded to all people,” Cynthia says.
Jared, 80, lives with his wife in Gibsonia. As an assisting priest at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill, volunteer professor at the Metro Urban Institute of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and board member of Pittsburgh Interfaith Network (PIIN), Jared lives dignity and respect daily.
“It is important [to treat others with dignity and respect] because, as human beings, we are sisters and brothers. Experiencing other human beings, how they view life, and sharing that with each other is the joy of our life.”
Jared believes treating one another with dignity and respect would create the peace we seek and the peace our society needs.
The Dignity & Respect Campaign is an awareness campaign designed to join individuals, community leaders, community organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and corporations under the common notion that everyone deserves dignity and respect.
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