Thirty years after presidential run, Jackson’s message: Vote!

By | March 18, 2014

Jackson urged a group gathered at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Monday to continue the fight by heading to the polls for Tuesday’s primary election.

The civil rights leader’s speech, which marked the 30th anniversary of his 1984 run for president and the 49th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., was part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series at the school.

Jackson polled the room, asking more than 300 students and professors present if they were registered to vote. In a call-and-response, the group was asked to repeat after him that anybody who admires civil rights icons but is not registered is “vulgar.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

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