Rev. Jesse Jackson Visits The Mid-South To Discuss Community Issues

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - It was a busy weekend for civil rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson as he toured several places in Memphis to talk about healthcare, voter registration and raising the minimum wage. 

He started his Sunday at Mississippi Boulevard Church, then he toured the newly renovated Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital. Reverend Jackson ended the day with a town hall forum at Mount Pisgah CME Church discussing the most critical needs for the city of Memphis. 

"We must move from racial battleground to economic common ground. Tomorrow higher ground we are all God's children" Reverend Jackson said.  "50 years later...53 percent of all blacks who work make less than 15 dollars an hour, you add that to the move to reduce health care which compounds our poverty." 

Reverend Jackson visits the Bluff City often, discussing some of the most prominent issues facing Memphis neighborhoods.  He was in Memphis nearly 50 years ago for the Sanitation Strike, when his friend, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior lost his life.  The forum also included opinions from other Memphis community leaders and their thoughts on various issues including voter rights and the recent closings of three Mid-South Kroger’s. 

"With Kroger’s closing and leaving us just dropping us like that like we didn't matter. It's time for us as black people in our community to stand up and bring justice to our own community," said Luella Marshall who attended the town hall forum. 

"Those who are registered must go to the polls. We know that when we vote we can change policy. We can change the criminal justice system when we vote," said Bishop Henry Williamson Senior, Coordinator of Tri-State PUSH Coalition. 

Reverend Jackson plans to return to Memphis for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in April. 

 

 


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