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Jesse Jackson in Memphis, calls on change from leaders

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was in Memphis Thursday and said our leaders should demand change. Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was in Memphis Thursday and said our leaders should demand change.

(WMC-TV) - Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was in Memphis Thursday and said our leaders should demand change.

April 4, 1968 forever holds a spot in global history, along with the Lorraine Motel and Memphis, Tennessee.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed that day.

"Memphis is a very special place in the annals of global history," said Jackson.  "This is where the Calvary occurred, at the Lorraine Motel."

Jackson was a young man in King's inner circle and was at the Lorraine Motel the night that fatal shot was fired.  He returned to Memphis to talk about how best to honor King's legacy on the 44th anniversary of his assassination.

"Memphis must put a renewed focus on its role and its moral authority in the quest for justice," said Jackson.  "What better place to convene a national meeting for social justice than Memphis, Tennessee?"

Jackson said he wants Mid-South leaders to host a revival of the war on the growing problem of poverty.  In particular, he wants to confront banking leaders about what he sees as their role in the issue of poverty.

"Forty-thousand children in the state of Tennessee are in poverty, and those in poverty are less likely to go to school and graduate and their life issues are reduced," said Jackson.

Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery said plans are being made for this year's April 4 observance and already has at least one idea.

"I think a kick off will probably be the name dedication of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in downtown Memphis on the morning of April 4," said Lowery.

Some of the issues Jackson hopes to see addressed at what he has called "a mass meeting of world leaders" in Memphis are foreclosures of homes and churches, student loan and credit card debt, affirmative action, and corporate responsibility.

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