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Rev. Jesse Jackson Encourages Students to Excel

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Rev. Jesse Jackson
GOLDSBORO — Some parents in Wayne County aren't happywith the racial mix in their schools and they say they want change. TheReverend Jesse Jackson apparently agrees with them.

Jackson addressed more than one-thousand students and schooland city officials at Goldsboro High School urging unity among residentsof Wayne County and asking students to achieve. Later, he spoke toabout 2,000 people at Saint Mark Church of Christ.

While Jackson was invited to speak by opponents of the schoolredistricting plan, he skirted that issue and instead used the twoforums to promote unity. He told the group at the high school thatwhen people are separated by race and class, segregation is basedon ignorance, fear, hatred and violence.

Jackson said he came to Goldsboro because redistricting is an issue ofnational importance. He said he thinks the area could become an example ofracial reform.

The group wants more school money spent on further desegregation.Jackson says that's the only way to give students an equal footing thatcould send more children to college and fewer to prison.

Critics of the Wayne County school plan say it does not changedistrict lines. They believe those lines create a disparity ineducational quality based on race and income. Arrayed against themare neighborhood school supporters.

From staff and wire reports

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