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ALBC Town Hall - Gettysburg

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Date:

2008-11-19

Contact Name:

Carla E. Pavlick

Contact Email:

cpavlick@gettysburg.edu

Contact Phone:

717-337-660


"LINCOLN’S LEGACY: RACE, FREEDOM AND EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY"
LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION SET TO LAUNCH FIRST NATIONAL TOWN HALL AT GETTYSBURG COLLEGE"

What could be more timely, in this election year and on the cusp of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, than a lively discussion of how far America has come - and how much farther it has to go - in achieving racial harmony, freedom and equality of opportunity for all who live here, " asks Eileen Mackevich, executive director of the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

That conversation will start Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom at Gettysburg College with the first of 10 national Town Hall meetings scheduled by the Bicentennial Commission. A panel of prominent civic leaders and historians will engage with a culturally diverse audience to talk about racial divisions, past and present, impediments to economic opportunity, and how Lincoln’s legacy can shed light on the ongoing effort to unify the nation’s people.

"There is almost as much talk today about Abraham Lincoln and his selection of a ‘Team of Rivals’ for his first Cabinet as there is about President Elect Barack Obama himself," says panel moderator Charles R. Branham, senior historian at the DuSable Museum of African American History and a professor of history at the University of Chicago lab school. "Virtually every commentary on this transition period talks about how much President Elect Obama's approach to the presidency reflects his reverence for Lincoln."

Thursday’s panel will include Representative Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D IL); Jack Kemp, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Susan Eisenhower, distinguished fellow at the Eisenhower Institute; Allen Guelzo, director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College; and Norman Bristol Colón, executive director of the governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.

"The Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth represents a great opportunity to bring together disparate parts of the nation in a dialogue aimed at helping to breach our differences and promote our mutual understanding," says Mackevich. "The Town Hall meetings, like this first one at Gettysburg, are the focal points for that transcending national dialogue."

The public is invited to the free event - and encouraged to participate in this important conversation. Gettysburg College is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

For more information, please contact: Carla E. Pavlick, Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. 717 337 6608; cpavlick@gettysburg.edu 

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