Rainbow Push to hold annual convention, Hillary Clinton to attend

Luther Vandross was outed as gay after his death.

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund are holding their 45th annual convention on human rights this summer, and Hillary Clinton is schedule to be a keynote speaker.

The convention, which will take place from June 25 to June 29 in Chicago, is titled “A More Perfect Union: from Freedom to Voting Rights to Economic Justice” and will include, among other things, STEM workshops and a hack-a-thon.

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“There is no talent deficit,” Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder and president of Rainbow PUSH, said. “There is – from Wall Street to Silicon Valley – an opportunity deficit.”

In addition to pushing for equality of opportunity, the convention will honor 50 years of voting rights struggles.

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“We’ve never stopped doing Dr. King’s work,” Rev. Jackson said. “But everything we’ve fought for is under attack – voting rights, economic justice, a quality education for all. All roads lead to Nov. 8 – the presidential election. We must turn out and vote in record numbers. The future of our country depends on it.”

Additionally, Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, will be the headlining speaker on Monday for the “Lifting as We Climb” International Women’s Luncheon.

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“Hillary Clinton is in the lineage of what Rainbow PUSH has been doing throughout our existence, lifting up the dispossessed, the locked out, the forgotten,” said Jacqueline Jackson, the chair of the luncheon and wife of Rev. Jackson. “She is a history maker, on the verge of making even more. We are honored to have her as our keynote speaker and, I hope, as the President of the United States of America.”