Rev. Jesse Jackson preaches at Ebenezer Baptist Church

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was with King when he was assassinated, took to the civil rights leader's pulpit at the 11:30 a.m. service at Ebenezer Baptist Church this morning.

Jackson, who has been a politician, religious leader, and more, used his time on the pulpit to address the issues of the day, including the government shutdown.

According to an Ebenezer Baptist Church release, Jackson's sermon addressed the "misplaced priorities and spiritual bankruptcy of those who managed to open the national treasury wide enough to pass a huge tax cut for the richest of the rich but cannot keep the government open long enough to heal the sick, feed the hungry, or pay those who serve and protect us all."

His visit also coincides with the 50th anniversary year of King's "Poor People's Campaign" and King's death.

The religious center highlighted the "endangered Children's Healthcare Program" and discussed the debate over immigration that was going on in Congress.

Speaking about the DACA program, Ebenezer Pastor Dr. Raphael Warnock said that "You have no right to celebrate the dream if you will not liberate the dreamers."