Maly Jackson, who escaped religious strife, to present “A Walk to Freedom”

Maly Jackson will present “A Walk to Freedom” as part of the Penn State Harrisburg Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies speaker series, on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the library Morrison Gallery on campus.

At age seven, Jackson walked for more than three weeks from Ethiopia to Sudan, with her mother, baby sister, and countless other Jews from her native village in Gondar, Ethiopia. They were fleeing the religious and political strife that threatened the lives of Ethiopian Jews. The journey landed her family in a refugee camp in Sudan where they barely escaped alive, given the horrific conditions they were exposed to while waiting to be rescued.

Jackson’s story will take us on her arduous journey and reveal the essence of exodus, as her family and friends fled Sudan on an Israeli Air Force commissioned airplane “Wings of Eagles” which landed in Israel in December 1984. She met her husband William, who was serving in the United States Navy, while his ship was deployed to Israel.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 717-948-6727, email, or visit

This event is co-sponsored by Penn State Harrisburg’s Diversity and Educational Equity Committee.