FLINT (WJRT) (11/05/2017) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson fired up a crowd in Flint on Sunday in support of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.
"For this mayor to grab this in the middle of the crisis, bring about stability -- what impressed me about her work is she brought about stability, and reconciliation, rather than polarization," the national civil rights activist said. "We learned the survival part, now we must learn to live together."
Weaver, attempting survive a recall effort on Tuesday, is getting help from folks like the civil rights icon just before a special election to determine whether she will finish her first term as mayor.
"We have a lot of accomplishments and we have a lot of things that we should be proud of and we should be looking at how we can work together and make things happen," Weaver said. "So that's where I'm going to keep my focus, because that's what I was elected to do."
Jackson wasn't only one attending a packed house at the McCree Theater. Local pastors and other community leaders spoke out for what they say is a city on the brink of turning things around.
"We need people to get out and vote," said Flint resident Melissa Mays. "We need them to actually jump in, research the all candidates and all the wards and for mayor. It's a lot, but it's the future of our city so it's wrong of us to sit at home and let this slide by."