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Rev. Jesse Jackson Comments on the Death of KoKo Taylor

June 4, 2009

"Today America lost a beautiful voice and a piece of its soul. As a singer, KoKo Taylor's experience of pain and poverty oozed out melodiously. She was that bottom note of music that gives depth, meaning and passion. She sang the blues-sharing stories about life's tragedies, personal pain and unjust social conditions. She lived the gospel of good news. She inherited little, only a sensitive soul and talent, but she left a legacy of joy and excitement. My family and I cherished the time we spent with her. May her soul rest in peace."

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit www.rainbowpush.orgor call (773) 373-3366. To interview Rev. Jackson on the death of Ms. Taylor, please call Lauren Love (773) -256-2714.