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Jesse Jackson Visits Sacramento For A Talk With Kevin Johnson

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks in Sacramento during an interview with Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The Reverend Jesse Jackson was in Sacramento Wednesday. He met with Mayor Kevin Johnson for a conversation in front of an audience at the Guild Theater in Oak Park. They talked about history, activism, and empowering African-American communities.

Before the event Jackson met with reporters and was asked what he thought about the U.S. Treasury's decision that Harriet Tubman will be the new face on the $20 bill.

"If the slave freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, if her picture's on the $20 bill...if it remains in the pockets of the same people, nothing has changed."

On Thursday, Jackson will go to Silicon Valley for a meeting to discuss building training through church organizations to support women and young people of color in STEM education.

Mayor Johnson interviewed Jackson for about 45 minutes -- going over the planned 30 minutes. The conversation ranged from history -- including a chilling first-hand account of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and a discussion of the reverend's work -- to the reverend's plans for the future, Silicon Valley, and voter registration. 

The interview was part of a 2016 speaker series put on by Indivizible, a Sacramento-based African-American assembly and advocacy organization.


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