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Jesse Jackson marks 50th anniversary of SC sit-in

Jul 12, 2010 6:49:00 AM - thestate.com
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and three others who took part in a sit-in that led to desegregation of a South Carolina library have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the protest.

Multiple media outlets reported Jackson and three members of a group known as the "Greenville Eight" observed the event Sunday.

Jackson says there still are signs of discrimination in home foreclosures, student loan defaults, unemployment, poverty and access to capital.

Jackson and seven other people refused to leave the whites-only public library in his hometown of Greenville on July 16, 1960.

Jackson, Margaree Seawright Crosby, Dorris Wright and Elaine Means and the others were arrested and sued in federal court, leading two months later to the integration of Greenville's public library.