Jesse Jackson Speaks in Bloomington on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Members of the Bloomington community gathered Monday to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jesse Jackson

Photo: Shameka Neely

Jesse Jackson visits Bloomington

Music “Peace be Still” rings throughout the crowd, as several gathered to discuss the cultural impact and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jesse Jackson spoke to a crowd at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater specifically bringing attention to the recent tragedy in Haiti.

“There’s a great pain in Haiti tonight because of what we’ve seen happen,” said Jackson. “100,000 Haitians got killed but we really shouldn’t stop there…we say we love them today. Let’s rescue them.”

Jackson says the nation must concentrate on various needs to get through the reconstruction time. He says Dr. King’s legacy of service and humanity should be continued as the nation moves assist these individuals in need.

“They need relief, but they also need reconstruction. The issue of poverty is as big an issue as the earthquake. So beyond rescue and relief, we must make a commitment. Haitians are our allies and our neighbors and they’re in our hemisphere. They’ve given us the reason to rebuild and restructure.”

Jackson plans to leave for Haiti this evening, and says he’s working on assisting the relief efforts with nurses and doctors.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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