Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson will speak Thursday as part of the Log Cabin Democrat Lecture Series at Reynolds Performance Hall. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Jackson, who has been in the public eye as a minister, an activist and a presidential candidate, will speak in place James Earl Jones, who canceled in late 2011 because of his commitment to a Broadway play.

"We’re very excited about Mr. Jackson’s lecture," said Catherine Marhenke, director of marketing and development for the University of Central Arkansas’s College of Fine Arts and Communication. "We think he’ll be phenomenal. It’s a historic event to have him on campus."

President and Founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Jackson is one of America’s foremost political figures. Over the past 30 years he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice. He has twice been a presidential candidate, was elected Senator from Washington, D.C., and has been on the Gallup List of Ten Most Respected Americans for the past ten years.

Tickets are available for the lecture at www.uca.edu/reynolds, or by calling the UCA box office at 450-3265.