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Jesse Jackson: MLK Focused on Economic Justice in Year Before Death

Jesse Jackson: MLK Focused on Economic Justice in Year Before Death
Rev. Jesse Jackson (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 April 2018 06:51 PM

The Rev. Jesse Jackson told Newsmax TV on Wednesday that the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was his ability to form "a multi-racial coalition to challenge the escalating violence, the war on poverty and the wars abroad."

"Dr. King, fundamentally, using faith and risk and courage, changed the laws that separated people from people," Jackson, 76, told "Newsmax Now" host John Bachman in an interview.

The civil-rights leader was with King when he was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

King was 39 when he was killed. Jackson was 26.

"Rosa Parks was arrested trying to ride the bus in Montgomery," Jackson told Bachman. "It was legal.

"It was bad law — but it was law, nonetheless.

"We were denied the right to vote. It was illegal, but it was law, nonetheless.

"We changed those laws," Jackson said, "and now we are, in many ways, a better country."

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He noted how King's focus turned to economic justice, which eventually brought him to Memphis, in the year before he died.

"On his last sojourn, he said to us in a staff meeting: 'We won the public-accommodations bill. We're no longer subjected to barbarism.

"'We have the right to vote. There's too many working poor people.'

"Even in Memphis today," Jackson continued, "64 percent black population, 32 percent of the people are in poverty.

"Many of them making less than $10 an hour. Working poor people."

King "convened the whites of Appalachia and the Smoky Mountains, blacks from the Delta of Arkansas and Mississippi — Native Americans, Latinos, and Jewish allies of New York — together to form a coalition of conscience to fight for full employment and economic justice for us all.

"That is his legacy," Jackson said. "A multi-racial coalition to challenge the escalating violence, the war on poverty and the wars abroad."

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson told Newsmax TV on Wednesday that the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was his ability to form "a multi-racial coalition to challenge the escalating violence, the war on poverty and the wars abroad.""Dr. King, fundamentally, using faith...
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