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Jackson To South Carolina: Fight Voter ID, Immigration Laws

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Civil right activist Jesse Jackson talks with Occupy Wall Street participants in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York, on Oct. 18, 2011. (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Civil right activist Jesse Jackson talks with Occupy Wall Street participants in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York, on Oct. 18, 2011. (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says people should fight South Carolina’s new laws on voter identification and immigration.

Jackson told a crowd of about 400 people at the International Longshoreman’s Association Hall in Charleston on Monday night that the Republican-led legislation harkens back to the old South’s racist past.

The Greenville native told the crowd that Martin Luther King Jr.’s work helped the South grow. Jackson said what he called Republican “voter suppression schemes” are putting South Carolina on a backward path.

He says positive images of South Carolina attracted companies like Boeing and Michelin and warned it would be wrong to go back to the old South.

Jackson planned stops in Columbia and Greenville on Tuesday.

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