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Jesse Jackson to Fox: 50 Years After MLK, ‘We’re Freer But Less Equal’

Jesse Jackson has been a frequent target of Fox News’ over the last several weeks, but there he was on Happening Now Wednesday afternoon, appearing live from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to share his views on what today means. Jackson told host Jamie Colby that African-Americans are “freer but less equal” fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Jackson described how King’s “dream” has been fulfilled, piece by piece, from the passing of the Civil Right Act in 1964 to giving all citizens the right to vote. But, he said today, “we’re freer but less equal.” Jackson said people have come to the Washington Mall today to see President Obama have his “Lyndon Johnson moment.” Instead of “stop-and-frisk,” he wants to see policies of “stop and employ, stop and educate, stop provide health care,” saying only those economic issues can help “close those gap” between races.

“I think in President Barack,” Jackson concluded, “we have the crown jewel of our struggle. I hope he’ll address those issues today as he certainly can.”

Watch video below, via Fox News:

President Obama is scheduled to speak to the crowd on the Washington Mall at approximately 2:45pm ET today. You can watch full live streaming coverage of the event here.

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