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Is Dwight Manley Brea's Native Son Savior or Its Mad Monarch?

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

The Reverend Jesse Jackson, once a young apprentice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and who later ran “Rainbow Coalition” campaigns for president in the 1980s, showed up before the Brea City Council on Oct. 1 at the invitation of Dwight Manley, a businessman who owns much of the city’s downtown. In the area to celebrate his 78th birthday, the subject of 1980s “Run Jesse Run!” fever gave an unscheduled invocation at the start of the meeting.

“I’m really here as a friend of Dwight,” Jackson said. “He wanted me to see this marvelous City Council in Brea.”

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