MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Reverend Jesse Jackson touched down in the Bluff City today. The Civil Rights Icon is here following up on some initiatives he began in Memphis months ago. Rev. Jackson sat down with Local 24 Anchor Katina Rankin to talk about his itinerary for Sunday.
Dressed in a gray shirt and black sports coat, Reverend Jesse Jackson sat down to talk with me. He says almost 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, Memphis is not forgotten.
“Everybody can love each other, respect each other and care for each other. People must know that you care though. Knowing you care, matters!” said Civil Rights Leader Jesse Jackson.
That’s why the Civil Rights leader says he’s in the Bluff City to show Memphians he cares about them. He’s here to discuss Black History at Mississippi Boulevard Church, attend a community town hall forum at Mt. Pisgah CME Church and to get a tour of the Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital. None more important, he says, he wants to speak on healthcare.
“Most poor folks are on welfare. They work every day, but they can’t make ends meet,’ said Rev. Jackson. “They work making less than $15 an hour.”
Jackson says social injustice walls must continue to be pulled down in this political climate.
“We must not let any ill will, fear undercut that,” said Jackson.
Jackson will also be pushing for voter registration and participation Sunday on his various stops throughout the city. He will also be discussing the significance of Dr. King’s life. Look for that exclusive interview in one of my special MLK reports. In Memphis, Katina Rankin, Local 24 News.