Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson to be awarded France's Legion of Honour
- Jesse Jackson will be awarded France's highest order of merit, The Legion of Honour
- Jackson has inspired several generations of activists and public leader
- He was a companion of Martin Luther King in the 1960s
"Jesse Jackson never stopped campaigning for peace, justice, and fraternity. He is also committed to education and climate," Macron's office said Friday, adding that the ceremony would take place in the Elysee Palace.
"The values promoted by Reverend Jackson are universal and are those of the Republic," it said, adding that Jackson had inspired several generations of activists and public leaders on several continents with his message rejecting "all forms of racism and exclusion".
Baptist minister Jackson, 79, was a companion of Martin Luther King in the 1960s.
Jackson announced in 2017 that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease.