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Obama visit symbolises Irish rebirth -- Jackson

Published 23/03/2011 | 05:00

Civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson at Trinity College yesterday
Civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson at Trinity College yesterday

Civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson at Trinity College yesterday. James Horan

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AMERICAN civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson yesterday applauded US President Barack Obama's impending visit as an important symbol of Ireland's rebirth.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, he said that Enda Kenny and Mr Obama had a lot in common.

"They're both young, bright men who are looking forward to grappling with the imbalances in our economies."

He made the comments after he received a gold medal for his outstanding contribution to public discourse by the Trinity College Historical Society yesterday.

After being given a standing ovation, Mr Jackson told students that it is up to their generation to not only build upon the advances made in the civil rights over the past 60 years, but to work to rebuild democracy, which is now threatened by rich and powerful elites.

He later addressed UCD's Law Society, where he was bestowed with an honorary life membership.

He flies back to his home in Chicago today.

Irish Independent

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