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Rev Jesse Jackson's tribute to stabbed football coach

Civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson was in Leicester today as part of a UK tour to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King's march on Washington.

During his visit he opened a park named in his honour, and visited Leicester Nirvana football club to plant a tree in memory of their youth coach Antoin Akpom, who died after being stabbed in the street in September.

Read more about tributes to Antoin Akpom here.

Civil rights campaigner opens new Leicester park

Jesse Jackson (left) meets Keith Vaz MP Credit: ITV News Central

Civil rights campaigner, Rev Jesse Jackson, has met with MP Keith Vaz in Leicester, to open a new park.

The 'Jesse Jackson Park' has been named after the leader, 50 years after Martin Luther King's 'I have a Dream' speech.

The duo speak to the gathered crowd at the park opening Credit: ITV News Central

The new park and walking trail now joins Nelson Mandela Park, on Welford Road, and the Mahatma Gandhi statue, on Belgrave Road, in commemorating the lives and works of some of the key figures in the civil rights movement.


Children wait for civil rights leader visit to park

Children are waiting for the arrival of a civil rights leader at a park in Leicester, which is being renamed in his honour.

Rev Jesse Jackson is visiting the open space in Troon Way, as it is being renamed the 'Jesse Jackson Park'.

Children waiting for the arrival of Jesse Jackson Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester City Council has planted trees, installed new seating and created a brand new walking trail through the park that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's famous 'I have a dream' speech.

Visitors following the trail will be able to read extracts from the speech, which King delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963.

Rev Jesse Jackson has a close association with Leicester, as he received an honorary degree from De Montfort University in 2011.