Jesse Jackson in Birmingham over the weekend

File photo of the Rev. Jesse Jackson

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson stopped in Birmingham over the weekend. He was at Kelly Ingram Park to talk about the progress Birmingham has made in the last 50 years.

Jackson says there’s a lot of work to be done, especially when it comes to the economy. “Few and fewer have more and more and more and more have less and less. We’re closing plants, shipping jobs abroad so guns and murder rate up, jails are under construction and jobs out.”

Reverend Jackson also spent some time with young students on the steps of the 16th Street Baptist Church. He encouraged them to study hard and stay in school.

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