- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - In Providence this week, civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson took the opportunity to check out the city-sponsored Providence Midnight Basketball League.

Jackson, who was in town for the funeral of longtime friend and major Democratic donor Mark Weiner, attended two league games at Bucklin Park on Tuesday night. Jackson spent time with locals and spoke to players in the middle of the court.

He tells WPRI-TV that Providence is headed in the right direction with the league, which he says offers hope and inspiration to the community.

Jackson praised the city for attempting to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community, but he says more work can be done.

Jackson says he hopes to relay what he learned in Providence to leaders in other communities.

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