The celebrated US civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson visited Leicester on Thursday at the invitation of Keith and had a park named in his honour.
Hundreds of school children and local residents gathered at the Jesse Jackson Park at the bottom of Badminton Road, Nagle Grove and Silverstone Drive for the official opening. Children from Rushey Mead Secondary School, Soar Valley College and Sandfield Close Primary sang songs including ‘We Will Overcome’.
The opening was also attended by Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, Councillors Clair, Bhatti and Fonseca, Inspector McBryde-Wilding of Leicestershire Constabulary and Reverend Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester.
The Reverend Jackson is in the UK as part of a tour to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King’s March on Washington and ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in 1963.The park also includes a Dr King ‘I Have a Dream’ speech trail which has quotes from the iconic speech.