• Rev. Jesse Jackson joins forces with Civil Rights activist to bring new life into healthcare center

    By: Jerrita Patterson

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Just outside the Collins Chapel Healthcare Center Saturday morning, discussions were underway on how to renovate the historic hospital. Plans that include a powerful push from a man who has dedicated his life to public service, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

    The Civil Rights activist is joining forces with Bishop Henry Williamson, who's leading the cause to help raise $5 million to breathe new life into this healthcare center. A century before, African Americans walked the halls at the healthcare center, for treatment after they were denied care at all-white facilities. Rev Jackson said exploring the past, offers a better understand with the present.

    "We all have a common need for shared healthcare," Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Founder and President of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition said. "This is about caring. We will raise the money and we will expand it because the need is great."

    Once complete, the two-story building will become a 28-bed nursing hospital, in the heart of Memphis' medical district.

    "It's been an important facility for this particular neighborhood and then its proximity to the medical district here in Memphis makes for a natural fit," Juan Self with Self Tucker Architects said.

    "This is a place that should be of service, this is the dream made real," Rev. Jesse Jackson said.

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