Rev. Jesse Jackson visits South Bend

One of America's foremost civil rights leaders made a stop in South Bend.

Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke at a fundraiser for the newly-formed South Bend chapter of the Rainbow Push Coalition.

Reverend Jackson started the coalition in 1997.

He's helping the South Bend Chapter get started.

The chapter hopes to create a better education system for all students with South Bend's system facing problems like so many other districts.

“We are funding education based on property taxes and those with better property have a better education and so the results are predictable based on the investment strategy,” says Jackson.

“There are numerous problems with our education system, let alone with the fact that first of all our local well known high schools are on probation… on academic probation… and that needs to be fixed,” says South Bend chapter president J.W. Shelby.

South Bend's chapter was just formed in September and with some fifty members already they hope to slowly start making some changes.

This is the second chapter to form in Indiana after Fort Wayne.

About 250 people attended the fundraiser.

Jackson says he hopeful other chapters will start up in the Hoosier state like Gary and Indianapolis.


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