COLUMBIA, S.C. – Rev. Jesse Jackson was at Benedict College Wednesday morning to speak to students about the importance of voting in the 2016 presidential election.
Jackson urged Benedict College students to register to vote if they haven’t already, and said registering is one thing, but it’s not enough if they don’t actually vote.
He also talked about the removal of the confederate flag on statehouse grounds.
Rev. Jackson said, “The flag is down, but the confederate agenda is still up.”
“I challenge you today to begin to think through what does it mean in this state in particular, to kick off a major student movement under the Rainbow PUSH Coalition,” he said.
He told students using their vote is important to bring change to South Carolina for equality, jobs, and justice.
Rev. Jackson is a civil rights leader who worked with Martin Luther King Jr., and he ran for president of the United States in 1984 and 1988.
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a non profit organization founded by Rev. Jackson.