Rev. Jesse Jackson: 'Our Michelangelo'

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Portrait of American artist Jacob Lawrence (1917 - 2000), New York, New York, 1970s. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)
Portrait of American artist Jacob Lawrence (1917 - 2000), New York, New York, 1970s. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)

Nearly two years to the day after Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., TIME magazine published a cover story for its April 6, 1970 issue entitled “Black America 1970.” The cover depicted an image of civil rights activist, Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was with Dr. King the day he was killed. In the chaotic time following the assassination, Rev. Jackson emerged as a prominent heir to Dr. King’s legacy of non-violent activism.

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