Screen-Shot-2014-04-28-at-10.40.57-AM The kickoff speaker for W&L’s 1988 Mock Democratic convention was the Reverend Jesse Jackson, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 1984. During the talk, Jackson covered themes of economic recovery, human rights, and civil rights. Though many did not agree with Jackson’s ideology, most agreed with the notion that Jackson helped students to become more politically aware. With the opportunity to attend Jackson’s lecture, women of W&L can be inspired and  better empowered to make a political change.