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Rev. Jesse Jackson Meets With Local Leaders

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Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke on the steps of First Baptist Church North Tulsa. He was surrounded by leaders in the black community that included clergy and politicians.

They came from different backgrounds and each brought different experiences. They were part of an invited group who met with Reverend Jesse Jackson. This followslast Friday's shooting spree that killed 3 and wounded 2.

"This was part of a wave of racial profiling or wave of hate, wave of violence and expanding proverty and frustration," says Jackson.

One question the group looked at was where do we go from here now that charges have been filed against the two suspects, Jacob England and Alvin Watts, this case has now been officially determined to be a hate crime. Jackson applauds those efforts and says now it's time to move forward.

"Let's go from revenge to redemption and reconcilation. There is tension but it should be creative tension and use the tension for the good and not for the wrong."

Jackson has a following wherever he goes. Some people came out to share their own stories of what they see as injustice. Others were here because they are admirers and think Jackson can help make Tulsa better.

"I was brought up when greenwood was booming and there were alot of celebrities coning thorugh. Everyone now fly over Tulsa on their way to California or New York. It's time for somebody to start landing here in Tulsa," says resident David Barclow.

Tomorrow at 6, Reverend Jackson will hold a rally that's also planned here at First Baptist Church in North Tulsa.

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