Civil Rights icon and former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young referred to Reverend Jackson as the “moral conscience of our times”. In 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest Civilian honor. A master of the zeitgeist, Reverend Jackson’s formation of the Rainbow Coalition has prompted countless others to tout him as “the Great Unifier.” Reverend Jackson’s two historic bids for the Presidency of the United States ( 1984 & 1988) changed the cultural and political landscape of the United States – not only as the most successful African-American presidential candidate in history at the time, but also by the historic increase in voter registration.
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