Celebrities, politicians honor Rev. Jesse Jackson

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Celebrities and politicians have come out to honor civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson on his 71st birthday.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Gov. Pat Quinn attended a celebration Saturday morning at Jackson's Rainbow PUSH headquarters on Chicago's South Side. Quinn says Jackson has led a "purposeful life" and "devoted his life to the service of others."

The ceremony also included a high school band and a video from the Rev. Al Sharpton, who said Jackson "has helped so many and given a voice to so many."

Stevie Wonder sang "Happy Birthday" in a video. Chicago White Sox legend Minnie Minoso sang "Happy Birthday" too and told Jackson to "keep doing it ... because we love you."

Jackson's birthday is Monday.

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