Jessie Jackson speaks to youth at Whitehaven High - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Jessie Jackson speaks to youth at Whitehaven High

The Reverend Jessie Jackson exposed a harsh reality to students Wednesday during a speaking engagement at Whitehaven High School.

Chavez Scott, a senior at Whitehaven High School said despite opportunities for distraction all around him, he has managed to stay grounded.
"Prioritizing is how you succeed," Scott said.
It was the same message Jackson worked to ingrain in the more than 2,000 students at Whitehaven High School.

"If I have the right to go to school, I then need the attitude to achieve and the behavior to graduate," Jackson said.

Jackson called on students to fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream by making education a priority.

It was a message senior Devin Moon said he will remember for years to come.

"You have to prioritize because no matter what situations or struggles you go through you have yourself to be accountable for," Moon said.

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