Jackson points to civil-rights history

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson linked Sen. Barack Obama's viability as a presidential candidate to a civil-rights struggle that began with a fight to desegregate schools a half century ago.

In a half-hour talk during Sunday services at Denver's Friendship Baptist Church of Christ Jesus, Jackson walked attendees through 54 years of civil-rights history that made it possible for both Obama, D-Ill., and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., to mount serious presidential campaigns.

Jackson, 66, who was with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he was assassinated in 1968, has been part of that history.

"Barack is running the last lap of a 54-year-marathon," he said. "It took all those battles to make this day possible."

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