Rev. Jesse Jackson to speak at TSU commencement on May 11

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 2:59pm

Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson will serve as the commencement speaker for Tennessee State University’s graduation ceremony on May 11, the school announced Tuesday.

The event is being held at the outdoor Hale Stadium for the first time in nearly 40 years. The stadium underwent major renovations and hosted its first football game in 14 years last fall.

“I am excited that Reverend Jesse Jackson accepted the University’s invitation to share his remarkable journey,” said Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover in a press release. “His message will be extremely powerful as the nation and world commemorate this major event in history. TSU graduates will have the opportunity to hear from a central figure who was responsible for engaging youth in the Civil Rights Movement and the March on Washington.”

TSU announced earlier this year they were combining two commencement ceremonies into a single outdoors event.

Jackson’s address will take place a week before First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to visit TSU’s Gentry Center to give a speech at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School’s commencement.

21 Comments on this post:

By: Trumpet on 4/24/13 at 5:55

Joe/The Collection:

QUESTION: I read this article on yesterday for the first time, and I appreciate the notice/information. The article (yesterday) included two consecutive commrnents as submitted by a regular contributor.

On this morning (my second reading of the same article) it did not include the two consecutive comments submitted by Jughead.

Why were they (the comments) deleted, ommitted, left-out, edited, and, who has the responsibility to notify the readers, or inform them of the situation ? Or ....is there something wrong with my Computer ?

This inquiry is not to suggest my agreement or disagreement with the ommitted comments.

GOOD FAITH/"fine Print"

By: govskeptic on 4/24/13 at 7:11

You would think in 2013 they would have selected someone relevant to today's
world versus a has been just looking for an expense paid trip and small fee.
Surely doesn't say much for the direction of the University's leaders toward their
inspiring new graduates.

By: BigPapa on 4/24/13 at 9:07

I wonder if he'll say something that rhymes??

By: Jughead on 4/24/13 at 9:22

This just draws TSU further into the black hole. Why not someone with dignity like Colin Powell, Condi Rice, or even Bill friggin Cosby?

Nope--they go get a criminal philanderer who does nothing but preach victimization and fosters racial tension.

Great choice, TSU...NOT.

By: gid on 4/24/13 at 9:40

Please rain, hard, the day of the graduation.

By: Jughead on 4/24/13 at 11:02

They delete my comments because they are not politically correct. Damn the truth, let's make sure we do not offend anyone!

By: pswindle on 4/24/13 at 11:07

The GOP is mean to the core.

By: GUARDIAN on 4/24/13 at 11:16

Assuring that communist racist hate speech continues .. GUARDIAN-GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY and FRIENDS. The American Way.

By: Jughead on 4/24/13 at 12:22

pswindle is a freeloader to the core.

By: budlight on 4/24/13 at 12:41

govskeptic on 4/24/13 at 7:11
You would think in 2013 they would have selected someone relevant to today's
world versus a has been just looking for an expense paid trip and small fee.
Surely doesn't say much for the direction of the University's leaders toward their
inspiring new graduates.

Pswindle and the demos are crooks to the core. I wonder if Jesse will use his dishonest Senator son as an example of what these kids can strive to be? Or was his son, just like the boston bombers -- set up by the police? Yeah, everyone in jail was done wrong and set up -- so THEY say.

Swindle, i'm a republican and I'm not mean. So get over yourself. And Gov, you are correct. He is not relevant. Jackson should recuse himself. But he continually excuses himself.

By: NewYorker1 on 4/24/13 at 1:24

He's speaking, get over it. If you don't like it, then do something about it.

By: NewYorker1 on 4/24/13 at 1:27

Methhead is an excellent example of why I believe in abortions. Her mother should have done us all a favor.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/24/13 at 1:53

I am surprised that the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Exchange Club did not invite him to be the speakwr while he was in town.

By: Jughead on 4/24/13 at 1:58

NewYorker drinks enema water left over after a Jesse/Barry buttfest.

By: Jughead on 4/24/13 at 1:59

NewYorker, you need psychiatric help if you think Jesse in anything other than a divise racist.

No, go sit in the corner and try to matter. Or, move to New York.

By: Jughead on 4/24/13 at 2:01

You are right, Yorkie. I'll do "something" about it. I'll disparage that garbage racist ghetto university (TSU) at every turn.

By: NewYorker1 on 4/24/13 at 2:33

Methhead, at the end of the day, nobody cares what you say or do. You're irrelevant sweetie. Sorry.

By: BigPapa on 4/24/13 at 3:01

"You earned your diploma, now you'll have to move back home-a."

"A degree from TSU.. is really like graduating high schoo" (you have to drop the "L" to make it rhyme.)

"There are no jobs. Blame whitey" OK that doesnt rhyme, but it works for him and his ilk.

By: NewYorker1 on 4/24/13 at 3:14

I know some very successful people who graduated from TSU. As a matter of fact, they are doing better financially than some of the people I know who graduated from Vanderbilt.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/24/13 at 4:17

New Yorker anything is possible. The government demands that blacks get hired. With that on mind government contractors would rather hire a black that has made an effort than one who has not.

I prefer a black with a diploma from Hume Fogg. In fact a black with a diploma from Hume Fogg is preferable to 50% of the college graduates frpm any state school in Tennessee.

By: budlight on 4/24/13 at 11:20

: NewYorker1 on 4/24/13 at 3:14
I know some very successful people who graduated from TSU. As a matter of fact, they are doing better financially than some of the people I know who graduated from Vanderbilt.

New yorker1, in case you have not noticed, that is not a hard to do accomplishment. There are a lot of v'bilt grads who are working for Starbucks and I don't mean at the corporate level.