Jesse Jackson returns to Memphis

Jesse Jackson returns to Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A civil rights activist is back in Memphis to take care of some business.

Reverend Jesse Jackson is in town to follow up on a demand he made months ago and to raise money for a hospital.

Jackson's last trip to Memphis took place in May. While here, he demanded city government come up with a plan to increase contracts with minority-owned businesses.

Jackson's team said the activist plans to speak with City Hall representatives to follow up on that topic.

However, Jackson will first make a stop at Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital. He's there to help raise money for a renovation and expansion project at the hospital.

Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital was one of the only hospitals in town that African Americans were allowed to go to while the city was segregated.

The hospital said it needs $5 million to complete the renovation project.

Jackson's team said he will also host a community panel and tour St. Jude Children's Research Hospital while he is in town.

Jackson will take part in a panel discussion at the National Civil Rights Museum on Saturday. WMC Action News 5's Felicia Bolton will moderate the event.

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