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Civil Rights pioneer casts vote at 89

November 6, 2012

Tuesday morning was busy for voters in Clay County. Clear skies made for a good early turnout.
Coming in the door to his precinct in the early-morning hours was John Jackson, a Civil Rights Icon in Clay County who led initiatives in the 1960s to integrate the local school system and secure equal voting rights for African Americans.
Now at 89, Jackson seems dismayed at the state of politics and the rise of division in America.
On Tuesday morning, Jackson spoke with Daily Times Leader correspondent Darlene Cox about the state of the union.
"We're more divided in this country now than we were after the Civil War," Jackson said. "People who promoted the Civil War did not believe in the Constitution and the right for all men to have life, liberty and pursuit of happiness."
Jackson says that those same forces are behind the division in America today, attempting to keep harmony from happening.
"God sent his Son to teach me how to live together," Jackson said. "Now there's not much discussion going on about solutions."
Jackson, who will turn 90 in May is a military veteran and he is a member of the West Point Hall of Fame.

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