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I’ll urge Obama to visit Northern Ireland, says Jesse Jackson

By Brendan McDaid

Civil rights legend Jesse Jackson will write to US President Barack Obama asking him to visit Northern Ireland in May, telling him the country’s “soul was in the north”.

The 69-year-old Baptist minister yesterday said he would send the message to the President ahead of Mr Obama’s intended visit to Ireland in May. He said: “I understand President Obama is coming here later this year.

“It is good for him to see the country.

“The soil is in the south but the soul is in this area, it's in Derry, it's in Belfast.”

Jackson was speaking at the Guildhall in Londonderry in front of an audience including Nobel Peace laureate John Hume, mayor Colum Eastwood, fellow civil rights activist Eamonn McCann, trade union activists and clergy.

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