Rev. Jesse Jackson to present inaugural Henry Cunningham award

US civil rights veteran the Rev. Jess Jackson will present the inaugural Henry Cunningham Human Rights Award at a ceremony in Derry's Guildhall on March 20.

The award was set up to commemorate Henry Cunningham and was open to schools in the Inishowen area and the successful school will receive 500 euro.

Henry Cunningham was a 16-year-old Presbyterian from Carndonagh who was shot dead by loyalists in August 1973 when they opened fire on a  van carrying workmen on the M2 motorway near Belfast.

Participants had to produce an essay on the theme of 'Defending the rights of minorities in Ireland' and Reverend Jesse Jackson will present the Henry Cunningham Award himself to the winning school.

Reverend Jackson is making the one day visit to Derry at the invitation of the Pat Finucane Centre and the Bloody Sunday Trust.

While in the city he will visit the museum of Free Derry at 4 p,m.

There will be an open session in the Guildhall where the Rev. Jackson will take part in a discussion and answer questions from the public.