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October 30, 2013

Rev. Jackson to speak at Furman University

GREENVILLE, SC (AP) -

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is returning to his hometown to talk about the civil rights movement.

Jackson's speech at Furman University is titled "Keeping Hope Alive: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement." The free event starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Jackson was born and raised in Greenville. The 72-year-old president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition has been involved in the civil rights movement for more than 40 years. That includes two historic presidential runs in 1984 and 1988.

His activism began locally. Jackson and seven other people refused to leave a whites-only public library in Greenville in July 1960. They were arrested and sued in federal court, leading two months later to the library's integration.

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