CHICAGO (CBS) — Rev. Jesse Jackson and part of his family gathered at Rainbow/PUSH headquarters at 50th and Drexel on Tuesday to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Jackson’s son Jonathan teaches at Chicago State University – and he spoke to the gathering at Rainbow/PUSH like a history lecturer.
“Why do we need an Emancipation Proclamation?” he said. “America was born with a congenital birth defect. It professed freedoms for all – physical, political freedoms – but it enslaved some of its own citizens.”