The Rev. Jesse Jackson says racial barriers have fallen during the half century since Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers was killed.
But, at an Evers memorial Thursday in Lorman, Miss., Jackson says there are still troubling disparities in economic power. Mississippi remains one of the poorest states in the nation, and its unemployment rate for blacks is significantly than that for whites.
Jackson spoke at Evers' alma mater, Alcorn State University, during a luncheon that was shown live on the university's website.
Alcorn State presented Torch of Justice awards to two people - Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, and longtime civil rights activist Andrew Young, a former congressman, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Atlanta mayor.
Thursday morning, the university unveiled a larger-than-life bronze statue of Evers on campus.
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