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Neile's Hometown Heroes: Rebecca Marks-Jimerson, changing lives and the community

If you've been in Tulsa very long chances are you've seen, met or heard Rebecca Marks-Jimerson.

She can usually be found supporting her community by volunteering or helping individuals grow.

She says her spirit of giving comes from her parents. Her mother was gospel pianist and her father a World War II veteran.

"He actually served in The Battle of the Bulge. He went to Germany," said Marks-Jimerson. "And he always believed you know if you can't help anyone it's really no sense in living."

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It's a sentiment she exemplifies today.

Just ask our own Kim Jackson who says she first met her when she was a teenager. Marks-Jimerson was her drama coach and mentor.

"She's always helping someone," said Jackson. "She never stops giving, she's always with young people and she still helps me."

"My heart is young people and for them to be trained and to get a college education because as the word says people perish for lack of knowledge," said Marks-Jimerson.

But she doesn't just work with individuals, she also works with different groups like The Share Foundation, The Greenwood Chamber Board, The Martin Luther King Commemoration Society and The Booker T Washington Foundation, just to name a few.

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"I just want to see us come together as a community because you know there's always been that dividing line of when it comes to the north side, the south side. I want to see one Tulsa."

One Tulsa that honors the past while looking toward the future.

And Marks-Jimerson has hope.

"That we can look beyond our differences and look at our similarities and let that bring us together," she said. "I want to see growth as far as economic from the small business because you know that's what American is found upon and young people."

Just about any day of the week you can find her helping someone.

"When I see young people and there's a need whether it be speech and debate, whether it be education, whether it be getting a job, a resume, I'm there and helping them. It makes a difference to me," she said.

And that's Rebecca Marks-Jimerson is a hometown hero.

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