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  • Gabriel San Roman

Joseph Jackson Jr., OC'S Civil Rights Living Legend, Makes His MLK Day Debut

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

Joseph Jackson Jr., the elder Anaheim resident who once risked being lynched to desegregate a public library in Jackson, Mississippi, is having his story told far and wide in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A member of the Tougaloo Nine, a group of NAACP college students that staged a sit-in plotted by Medgar Evers at the whites-only library, Jackson was recognized by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez on the House floor Tuesday morning. Calling Jackson "a resident of my hometown of Anaheim," Sanchez said, "We honor Mr. Joseph Jackson Jr. and the Tougaloo Nine for the historic achievement, non-violent activism and their courage to advocate for a civil society."

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