Reverend Jesse Jackson speaking about Dr. King's legacy on Good Day Columbia
Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:57:23 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WACH) -- Reverend Jesse Jackson visited Good Day Columbia Tuesday morning and sat down for an interview.
Rev. Jackson was at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
Rev. Jackson says he learned from Dr. King to keep pushing despite the odds.
"He challenged us to not let one kill the whole movement. So we move on and today we focus on something called poverty," says Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Rev. Jackson says if Dr. King was alive he would have welcomed the Occupy Movement.
"He would embrace it. His last campaign was the poor peoples campaigns to go to Washington, occupy the mall and setup resurrection city," says Rev. Jackson.
Rev. Jackson making his way through the Palmetto State spending time in Columbia and Greenville.
The internationally acclaimed civil rights leader will be the keynote speaker at Benedict College during their Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Tuesday morning.
The Reverend says people should fight South Carolina's new laws on voter identification and immigration.
Jackson told a crowd of about 400 people at the International Longshoreman's Association Hall in Charleston on Monday night that the Republican-led legislation harkens back to the old South's racist past.
The Greenville native told the crowd that Martin Luther King Jr.'s work helped the South grow.
Jackson said what he called Republican "voter suppression schemes" are putting South Carolina on a backward path.
He says positive images of South Carolina attracted companies like Boeing and Michelin and warned it would be wrong to go back to the old South.
When asked if President Obama would be a two term President, Rev. Jackson said yes.
"He stands a good chance at returning because heâ??s done a good job. When he came into office we were facing 800-thousand jobs lost a month, he stopped that hemorrhage now thereâ??s a slow recovery," says Rev. Jackson.
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