Jackson in Parkersburg

West Virginia University at Parkersburg will be the site of the Reverend Jesse Jackson's visit to Wood County next week.

Jackson will appear at WVU's multi-purpose room Monday night at 7:30, in what is being billed as a "jobs, health care and education rally." It's sponsored in part by various labor unions. It comes nearly a month after president bush visited Parkersburg.

"It's also appropriate for the college to serve as a venue for discussions on national initiatives for economic development, and health care," says WVU-P Spokeswoman Connie Dzagiwa. "We're pleased to be a part of it."

It's not the first time WVU-Parkersburg has had a famous visitor. Ronald Reagan campaigned for president in 1976, at what was then Parkersburg Community College.

The itinerary for Jackson's tour also includes Athens, where the civil rights leader plans a separate rally at noon on Tuesday. There, he will be joined by Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-MO). Congressman and democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) will be with Jackson when the tour kicks off with a rally Sunday in Pittsburgh.

More information on the tour is available at www.reinvestinamerica.org


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