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Jackson Center welcomes Audra Wilson

The Robert H. Jackson Center will host Audra Wilson, president of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, for its Tea Time with the Jackson Center program at 3 p.m. Thursday and broadcast live from the center’s Facebook page.

Audra Wilson has been a champion for racial and economic justice for more than 20 years as a public interest lawyer and teacher, policy shaper, community mobilizer, and experienced executive manager. Throughout her career, Wilson has focused on the voices and experiences of communities of color and communities most impacted by injustice.

The Shriver Center on Poverty Law has fought for economic and racial justice for more than 50 years. Today, Shriver Center litigates, shapes policy, and trains and convenes multi-state networks of lawyers, community leaders, and activists nationwide.

Wilson and Kristan McMahon, Jackson Center president, will discuss the universal barriers and challenges that contribute to economic injustice and inequality, and how the Shriver Center is working to dismantle these obstacles to provide access to economic equality for all.

To view the discussion, visit www.facebook.com/roberthjacksoncenter. Those interested can interact by commenting on the video during the live stream.

The Center’s 2021 programming theme is The Work Left to Do, and within that theme, McMahon and a guest explore a different focus each month. The first tea of the month examines a topic from a broader perspective to understand the universal and legal challenges. The second tea of the month invites experts doing the work to educate and/or advance change to enable the audience to understand the continuing challenges and how we contribute to change in our own communities. For the month of April, The Jackson Center’s programming will focus on economic justice.

The Robert H. Jackson Center has been named the recipient of an Action Grant award by Humanities New York for innovative public humanities offerings. Awards were made to non-profits in every region of the state, from the North Country to Long Island.

“History, philosophy, and literature give us the tools to understand the unfolding historic moment,” said Humanities New York Executive Director Sara Ogger. “The awarded programs nimbly engage participants in compelling topics, and ultimately, with each other. It is inspiring to see how cultural service providers find new ways to reach their communities-HNY is honored to support them in their endeavors.”

The grants are federally funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities. Previous years have included New York state funding.

Action Grants offer up to $5,000 to implement humanities projects that encourage public audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others in their community. Grants are awarded to organizations that connect audiences more deeply to the communities where they live, solidify community partnerships, diversify audiences, and creatively employ the tools of the humanities to respond to issues and ideas capturing the imagination and passion of New Yorkers today. Action Grants are offered twice a year with a Spring and Fall deadline.

The Jackson Center will use its grant award to support all programming in the month of April. In addition to the grant, the program is sponsored by donors to the Jackson Center’s annual fund.

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