Report: Jesse Jackson not coming to Albany, will appear in video

Report: Jesse Jackson not coming to Albany, will appear in video

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A release stating that Rev. Jesse Jackson was coming to Albany for a rally is not true, according to the pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

But conflicting reports clouded the air around the claim of the rally, and what was actually scheduled at the church.

Mount Zion is hosting a book signing Saturday, to support a man in his fight against rape charges.

Lavarn Watson, a former Albany Police officer, was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for rape charges after a complaint in 1977.

He has been fighting the charges ever since.

But whether Jesse Jackson was ever coming to Albany is unclear, after talking with John Mitchell, Jackson's Chief of Staff.

Mitchell said he was not aware of any plans for Jesse Jackson to come to an event in Albany.

Meanwhile Angela Stanton, a publicist for Watson and his book, said Jackson was indeed coming to host a rally, but claimed that members of the church voiced concerns about the event, changing the plans.

Mount Zion Pastor Daniel Simmons said the book signing would only be a book signing.

"Jesse Jackson will not be at Mt. Zion tomorrow. There will not be a rally of any type at Mount Zion tomorrow," said Simmons. "The only thing we are hosting is a book signing for Reverend Watson."

Stanton later said a video of Jesse Jackson voicing his support for Watson would be shown at the book signing.

Watson will sign books at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Albany from 1 to 3 p.m.

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