Rainbow PUSH Coalition opens “Freedom” Civil Rights bookstore

Sharing a living legacy

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BERTHA McMORRIS, manager of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Freedom Book store looks at her display of books by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and other civil rights leaders. (Photo by Chinta Straus- berg)

By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader

To capture and share the living legacy of civil rights icon Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Rainbow PUSH Coalition has opened a “Freedom” store on the 2nd floor of the historic building, 930 E. 50th St.

There, you can purchase Rev. Jackson’s books including Rev. Martin L. Deppe’s “An Untold Story of Civil Rights in Chicago, 1966-1971” book on the making of Operation Breadbasket and its transition to Operation PUSH.

Also available is a series of books written by Melody S. Mis, which includes historic pictures of Rev. Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat posters.

The titles in her book series are: “Meet Jesse Jackson,” “Meet Coretta Scott King,” “Meet Martin Luther King, Jr.,” “Meet Rosa Parks,” “Meet Al Sharpton” and “Meet Malcolm X.” Also sold in the Freedom store are PUSH mini-shopping bags and other civil rights memorabilia.

The Freedom store is managed by Bertha McMorris, who has been with PUSH for more than nine-years beginning as director of the Membership Department. “People should patronize this store because it has lots of memories and history concerning Rev. Jackson. It is very informative and good for them to follow what he is doing.”

“Rev. Jackson is a truthful individual who is very concerned about the children and the community not just Black people but all people,” said McMorris. “The books coming in are very informative and should be on everyone’s shelf.”

The Rainbow PUSH Freedom store will be open each Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and when there are events at the PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., Chicago, IL.

All proceeds will go to the operation of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

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