Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke at Fort Valley Middle School Thursday.
The civil rights activist, who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., told stories of life during segregation and emphasized the importance of education, specifically science, math, and foreign languages
Afterward, Jackson made also made a stop at Fort Valley State University, where he stressed the importance of voting.
"You use the vote to affect legislation, to affect local and federal government. That's an American Democratic right," said Jackson.
He also talked about the need for more black engineers.
"I've been in many situations where I've gone to internships and I'm the only African-American, I'm the only female there, so there's a huge need for us to be there," said Ashley Davis.
She is a senior at Fort Valley State is planning on getting a graduate degree in engineering.