On Friday, hundreds of students attending Alabama State and members of the local community joined together to see civil rights activist Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. speak for about an hour at the Garrick Hardy Student Center on the importance of voting, “You can’t just look at the movie [Selma] and say ‘I wish I was in Selma 50 years ago,” Jackson told students.

Jackson added, “You can’t go forward looking in the rear-view mirror.” You should look in the windshield for this day’s challenges.”

From AL.com, “How can you go to this school and not be a registered voter?” asked Jackson. “This is a state institution. Our state and our tax money invests in our education. The more we vote, the more investment we get. Nobody has the right to benefit from the blood of martyrs and not use that power for change.”