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13-Year-Old Activist, Author Jahkil Jackson Will Sign His Books In South Shore Saturday

Jackson — who was recognized by President Barack Obama in 2017 for his work in support of people facing homelessness — will visit Local Market in South Shore noon–3 p.m. Saturday.

President Barack Obama and activist Jahkil Jackson.
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SOUTH SHORE — Jahkil Jackson, a 13-year-old whose nonprofit has donated supply kits to people facing homelessness since he was 8, will sell autographed copies of his book “I Am” Saturday in South Shore.

The event is noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Local Market Foods, 2101 E. 71st St. Jackson will sign and sell copies of his children’s book on self-esteem and personal growth. Masks and social distancing are required in the store.

The book takes its name from Jackson’s Project I Am nonprofit, which was created to raise money to give away “Blessing Bags” of wipes, socks, deodorant and other toiletries to people experiencing homelessness in Chicago and around the world.

After Jackson packed his 5,000th Blessing Bag in 2017, he was recognized by President Barack Obama in a Twitter thread of stories that “remind us what’s best about America.”

Jackson hopes to give away the 15,000th Blessing Bag by the end of the year.

To donate to Project I Am, email or drop off supplies at the True Star Foundation 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Monday–Thursday at 1130 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 302.

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