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Jesse Jackson to speak at hometown church

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson is returning to his hometown this weekend to talk about progress made since the Civil Rights Act was enacted nearly 50 years ago and policies he believes are undermining that.

Jackson says he's holding a workshop Saturday evening at Springfield Baptist Church in Greenville. He'll speak there again Sunday.

Former President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964. He signed the Voting Rights Act into law a year later.

Jackson says the South has changed fundamentally since then, but he believes there are schemes to roll back progress.

Jackson was born and raised in Greenville. The president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition has been involved in the civil rights movement for more than 40 years.

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