A change of plans in the Log Cabin Democrat Lecture Series at Reynolds Performance Hall will bring the Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist and minister, to replace James Earl Jones, who had been scheduled to speak in February. 

Catherine Marhenke, director of marketing and development for the University of Central Arkansas’s College of Fine Arts and Communication, said Jones regretfully left the series in order to play a role in the Broadway production, "The Best Man."

"We were searching for someone else to fill that role and we wanted a prominent African-American because February is our time that we reserve a speaker for Black History Month," Marhenke said. "We found Rev. Jesse Jackson, and he was able and willing to come to Conway to be a part of the series."

Marhenke said she does not yet know the subject of Jackson’s lecture, though she suspects it may be political in nature.

"It could be a wide range of things," Marhenke said. "He played a role in the civil rights movements so he could speak to that, though we are not sure yet, I know it will be fascinating."

Single and subscription ticket holders will be notified by mail and e-mail, and Marhenke said donors would also receive telephone calls alerting to the change.

Jackson will speak in the series sponsored by the Log Cabin Democrat at Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

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

"We’re very excited about Mr. Jackson’s lecture," Marhenke said. "We think he’ll be phenomenal, and we expect this to be a sold-out lecture. It’s a historic event to have him on campus."

Next in the Log Cabin Democrat Lecture Series is James Carville, media personality and presidential and political consultant. Carville will speak at Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

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