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Honoring Dr. King, Job Fair Will Offer Employment Opportunity to the Community

January 20, 2009

Commemorating the life and achievements of the great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and celebrating the historic election of President Barack Obama, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will host a job fair from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at the organization's headquarters, 930 E. 50th Street.

"We know there is not a skills shortage, but an opportunity shortage for minorities in our country," said Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. "We provide job fairs as one more vehicle to level the playing field and allow diverse candidates to establish themselves as valued contributors to the workforce."

The job fair, which follows Monday morning's 19th Annual PUSH Excel Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast, will give community members seeking employment -- including returned veterans and ex-offenders -- the opportunity to meet with representatives from top-ranked companies. Despite the current economic situation, many are hiring and all will accept resumes.

"This is a great extension of the scholarship breakfast," said Marjorie McKinnon-Price, Rainbow PUSH National Director of Human Resources. "We honor Dr. King's dream by giving scholarships to the youth, and equality in outreach through employment on the day honoring his accomplishments."

The organization's goal is to remind America of Dr. King's mission and dream.

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization devoted to protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. To learn more, please visit www.rainbowpush.org or call (773) 373-3366. To arrange an interview with Rev. Jackson, please call the numbers listed above.

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