BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. has encouraged a congregation of hundreds to use social activism to fight the proposed merger of Southern University New Orleans and the University of New Orleans.

The Advocate reports Jackson spoke Sunday night at the Living Faith Christian Center Church in Baton Rouge.

He called the controversial higher education merger an example of modern day racial inequality.

The newspaper reports the Save Our Southern Community Rally was attended by Southern University alumni, ministers, students and several local and state officials.

Gov. Bobby Jindal asked the Board of Regents to study a possible merger in January.

Louisiana's top higher education board is scheduled to receive a report on the proposed merge on Monday.

(Information in the following story is from: The Advocate,