Jesse Jackson fields questions during visit to Sacramento

The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with reporters Wednesday before a one-on-one interview with Mayor Kevin Johnson to discuss the importance of empowerment in underserved communities.

The interview with the mayor, conducted before a paying audience at the Guild Theater in Oak Park, was off the record to news media. It was part of the mayor’s monthly speaker series called Indivizible. The conversation with Jackson was described as part of the mayor’s efforts to put in place a framework that positions Sacramento to be a hub of innovation, entrepreneurship and technology focused on creating jobs and diversifying the economy.

Among the questions put to Jackson before to the event was what he thought about the selection of Harriet Tubman, a former slave, to be featured on the $20 bill.

“If enough former slaves got the $20 bill, it would be a good deal … If it remains in the pockets of the same people, nothing has changed,” he said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy