Rev. Jesse Jackson reflects on 9/11 and its impact on his lifelong mission

September 9, 2011

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Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has spent most of his lifetime fighting for equal rights.

Ten years ago, terror shook American shores and left fear in its wake. The events of September 11, 2001 transformed the way people saw the world and each other. A decade later Eight Forty-Eight explored the impact of 9/11 on communities, politics and culture. And ten years later, terrorist threats remained unburied. Thursday, news that federal officials were investigating a, “credible but unconfirmed” threat surfaced.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson established his political footing and civic principles during the civil rights movement. In his long career, Jackson has tried to make this world one of equal footing. Eight Forty-Eight wanted to know whether Rev. Jackson felt the events of 9/11 changed that world – and his own mission. Eight Forty-Eight visited him at his office at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters in Bronzeville, on Chicago’s South Side. He began by sharing his own memory of that day.