Jesse Jackson to speak at Winthrop on Sunday

The Rev. Jesse Jackson will be at Winthrop University on Sunday to encourage young people to register to vote.

Janice Mathis, vice president of Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition, said Jackson plans to talk about issues such as education, the cost of college tuition, school dropout rates and gun deaths.

"He hopes to encourage students to become more actively involved in the issues that affect their everyday lives," Mathis said. "When the presidential candidates come through, they should respond to what the people need."

Jackson's talk will be at 3 p.m. at Tillman Auditorium. He will answer questions after the speech.

In addition to Jackson's talk, volunteers will help get people registered to vote.

South Carolina law says you must be registered at least 30 days before an election.

The S.C. Republican primary is scheduled for Jan. 19. The Democratic primary will be Jan. 29.

Mathis said the event Sunday is geared toward young people because so few people younger than 25 register to vote.

"That is not good for democracy, and it's not good for South Carolina," she said.

The event is being sponsored by Winthrop's chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.