Jesse Jackson to protest Kroger in Cincinnati today

The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. will join other black leaders in Cincinnati today to boycott the business practices of Kroger.

The civil rights leader will also speak to Cincinnati leaders about the ongoing fight over FC Cincinnati’s plan to put a stadium in the predominantly black West End neighborhood and lend his support to embattled City Manager Harry Black, WCPO TV is reporting.

Jackson has been outspoken recently about Kroger closures in predominantly black neighborhoods. Kroger closed three unprofitable grocery stores in Memphis in February, mirroring its closure of a store in Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills neighborhood last yea, WCPO reported. The company said its East McMillan Street location had lost millions of dollars over years.

Jackson will lead two rallies Tuesday: One at 11 a.m. at Kroger’s former Walnut Hills location and the other at 12:45 p.m. outside Kroger’s Downtown location.

Kroger Co. has not commented on the protest, but has said in the past it has closed stores that are not performing well.

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