On Friday, civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) hosted a birthday celebration and book signing in honor of civil rights leader and social justice icon Rev. Jesse Jackson at the NAN headquarters in Harlem.

A mentor to Sharpton, Jackson named the National Action Network’s Harlem headquarters “The House of Justice” in 1991. A prominent civil rights leader for over 60 years, Jackson mounted a nationwide campaign for President in 1984, and again in 1988. He turned 80 on Oct. 8.

Elected officials stood with Sharpton and NAN as they saluted the work Jackson has done to advance civil rights. Sharpton signed copies of his book, “Rise Up: Confronting A Country at the Crossroads” newly released on paperback. Jackson also signed copies of his book, “Keeping Hope Alive.”

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