This is a sad day for me as I was one of the senior strategists and community spokesperson for Jesse Jackson, Jr's first campaign for Congress and one of those who helped coin the theme "young enough to serve long enough" for him to stay in Congress long enough to make history as the first Black Speaker Of The House. In some measure we grew up together in the political movement
and so a public service
career with so with many accomplishments with
future and historic promise would have to end this way is indeed painful --
so I am still a friend and supporter as I also worked with and for his father Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr for over 3
0 years - so this is a sad day, but for right now I join in the
prayers for his strength that only God can get him personally and family through such a time as this.
MARK S. ALLEN, Veteran Activist
Chairman, National Black Wall Street Chicago
Founder and Lead Organizer, Illinois Voter Restoration Project
Chief of Staff to National Chairman, National Black Wall Street USA
"And The Ordinary People Said" News Blog, www.chicagonow.com
Member, Community Reinvestment Organizing Project
4655 South King Drive, Suite 203
Chicago, Illinois 60653
The Rev. Al Sharpton calls Mark Allen "one of Chicago's legendary political activists and one of the best organizers of his generation"