Scott Jackson: Take Me With You
Wednesday September 20: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Join us as the CEO of the non-profit group Global Impact, Scott Jackson, shares his memoir about growing up during the Civil Rights Movement and the racism that drove his family apart.
Scott grew up listening to his dad's sermons, living in the parsonage, a two-bedroom box just south of the railroad tracks separating the white and black parts of town. As the Civil Rights movement heated up, his mom’s trips across the tracks increased, causing her husband to abuse her as revenge. On a cold night when he was only 14, Scott disappeared into a Kansas snowstorm to escape the problems brought on by an unhappy home, his mother following behind.
In running away, Scott and his mother found a new life, one that included Jefferson Jackson, the black Baptist preacher who became Scott’s surrogate father. Together, the new family lived in hiding and in poverty, conditions which inspired Scott to climb the highest ladders of international charities in hopes of helping children in need. He has since served as senior vice president of World Vision U.S. and vice president of PATH before joining Global Impact as President and CEO, striving to stop cycles of abuse, racism, and inequality.
This event is free to attend. Copies of Take Me With You will be available for purchase at the event. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the doors next door at 826 Broadway. There will be a happy hour starting at 7pm followed by the talk at 7:30pm.