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by Dr. Boyce Watkins
Rev. Jesse Jackson pulled off something that the US State Department could not. The pastor and activist went across the world to Gambia and saved 38 lives in one meeting. Jackson met with Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, and was able to leave the country with Amadou Janneh and Tamsir Jasseh, two men who’d been incarcerated for treason after protesting against the government. The rest of the prisoners were also set to be executed, and Rev. Jackson got the president to reconsider his decision to move forward with the executions. His achievement was nothing short of phenomenal.
I spoke with Rev. Jackson this week while appearing on his radio show. We were all a bit surprised to see that none of the big three media outlets (ABC, NBC, CBS) covered his trip to Gambia. Surprisingly, only Fox News sent a correspondent to cover the negotiations.