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Charles Jacobs

Charles Jacobs

Dr. Charles Jacobs is co-founder and President of the American Anti-Slavery Group in Boston, and Director of the Sudan Campaign.

Dr. Jacobs graduated from Rutgers University and received his Doctorate from Harvard in 1989. As a teenager, Dr. Jacobs was active in the civil rights movement, and attended Dr. Martin Luther King's March on Washington in 1963.

In 1993, Jacobs learned about the continuing existence of traditional slavery in North Africa and, with a group of African human rights activists, formed the American Anti-Slavery Group, which monitors and combats modern-day human bondage around the globe.

In 1994, Jacobs's article in The New York Times broke the story of chattel slavery in Sudan and Mauritania. Since then, with help from volunteers across the United States, Jacobs has built a "new abolitionist" movement - among religious groups, on college campuses, and in high schools. His work has been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The Boston Globe. He has also appeared on ABC's "World News Tonight," NPR's "Talk of the Nation," and CBS "This Morning."

In 1996 and 1999, Dr. Jacobs testified before the House of Representatives on slavery in Sudan and Mauritania. In September of 1999, Dr. Jacobs met with Secretary of State Madeline Albright and encouraged her to end the Clinton Administration's silence on the genocide, ethnic cleansing, and slavery in Sudan.

In May 2000, Dr. Jacobs was appointed Director of The Sudan Campaign, a coalition of activist and rights groups calling for an end to slavery and slaughter in Africa's largest nation. In September, he testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee alongside three survivors of slavery from around the world.

On September 18, 2000, the City of Boston and Mrs. Coretta Scott King presented Dr. Jacobs with the Boston Freedom Award, recognizing his commitment to advancing Boston's legacy of fighting for liberty. "Dr. Jacobs, I am personally inspired by your tireless dedication to alleviate the oppression of chattel slavery," Mrs. King stated. "Your efforts have given a powerful voice and new hope to the victims of this festering injustice."

In April of 2001, Dr. Jacobs joined a slave redemption mission in Sudan that helped liberate over 2,900 enslaved women and children.

Recent articles by Charles Jacobs

Why Israel and not Sudan, is singled outBoston GlobeOctober 5, 2002

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