He was last seen on TV screens across the world weeping with joy, following Barack Obama becoming his home country’s first black president, but this week Rev Jesse Jackson made a two-day visit to Liverpool.
The American civil rights campaigner stopped by the city’s International Slavery Museum, to show his appreciation of how the city has overcome the legacy of the trade.
He then offered his support to The Anthony Walker Foundation, where he met Gee Walker, the mother of the murdered teenager. Rev Jackson also offered his condolences to the parents of murdered 11-year-old Liverpool schoolboy Rhys Jones, Stephen and Melanie.
He addressed a group of students at the University of Liverpool yesterday afternoon, where he stressed being more intellectually capable and strong minded will make a change in society. In particular, he spoke of social deprivation in the UK and America having a direct link to the problems both countries faced with drugs, guns and knives.
Later in the day, he met a group of young people currently involved in a project which studies where they came from and what hopes they had for the future.
Speaking about America’s president-elect, Rev Jackson said: “My emotions were a mix of joy and adrenalin. I was really mindful of the price certain people paid to get us there, but couldn’t share the moment because they were either dead or injured and others too poor. America is a better country, but we still have the disparity with issues such as unemployment.”
Last night, Rev Jackson completed his visit by meeting the Leader of Liverpool City Council, Cllr Warren Bradley, Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Stephen Rotheram, and The Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Rev James Jones, at a civic reception at Liverpool’s Town Hall within the city centre.