Jesse Jackson to speak at the College of Charleston

Rep. Carl Anderson, D-Georgetown, left, embraces Rev. Jesse Jackson after the South Carolina House approved a bill removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds in July. Jackson will be speaking at the College of Charleston on Thursday as part of a push for voter registration.

Veteran civil rights leader Jesse Jackson will address students at the College of Charleston on Thursday evening.

His talk will focus on “the significance of students voting in elections,” according to a C of C press release.

The event, hosted by the college’s political science club, will be held at 5 p.m. at Randolph Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Jackson, a Greenville, S.C., native, is the founder of the Chicago-based Rainbow/Push Coalition. Last week, he announced plans to open additional Rainbow/Push offices in Greenville and Charleston as part of the organization’s effort to promote voter registration, Medicaid expansion and affordable education across the state.

Jackson has visited South Carolina several times in recent months following the June 17 mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church, the subsequent removal of the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds, and his mother’s death earlier this month.

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