Rainbow PUSH hosts groundbreakers from Gary

March 24, 2012 3:35:24 PM PDT
Two groundbreaking politicians were at Rainbow PUSH Saturday morning for Gary, Ind. Day.

Richard Hatcher was Gary's first African-American mayor.

And current Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson is the first African-American woman to lead any Indiana city.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson predicted one day she'll be governor of Indiana.

As for hatcher, Jackson asked what inspired him to run for mayor in 1967.

"The inspiration came from what happened in Selma," Hatcher said. "The inspiration came from the fact that for the very first time we were not sitting at the back of the bus politically."

Freeman Wilson talked about the challenges facing Gary, including unemployment, education and the fact that many people don't assert their right to vote.