State honors "Distinguished Older American" - - Jackson, MS

State honors "Distinguished Older American"

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Jackson native and community leader got special recognition Thursday.

83-year-old Perry Robinson, Sr. was named Mississippi's Distinguished Older American by the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Robinson is credited with turning around Jackson's Georgetown Community.  He has lived in the neighborhood since 1954.

"People were leaving the neighborhood back in the 70's and 80's," he said.  "I decided to stay, and that's what motivated me to do it.  I saw a need to address the problems in the neighborhood."

Robinson helped organize the Georgetown Community Association and lobbied the city for better infrastructure.

The area has since seen crime and drug activity decline.  WLBT asked him what advice he has for others who want to follow his example. 

"To do this kind of work, you must be dedicated and have a mind to work and build a neighborhood," said Robinson.  "I urge them to stay within their neighborhood and address the problems in their neighborhood."

DHS is encouraging everyone to honor older Americans during the month of May.  It's been a national traditional for 47 years.

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