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Famous Americans - Jesse Jackson
Famous Americans -
Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson
b. 10-8-1941; Greenville, SC

Political leader and minister Jesse Jackson went to work for Martin Luther King, Jr., and his Southern Christian leadership conference in 1965.

Later, Jackson formed his own group, People United to Serve Humanity, or PUSH. PUSH works, among other things, to help African Americans gain greater economic power.

In 1984 and 1988, Jackson was a candidate to be the Democratic Party's nominee for president.

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Jesse Jackson Poster Photo
Jesse Jackson
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Politician Jesse Jackson and Wife Photo
Politician Jesse Jackson and Wife Photo

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Jesse Jackson Photo
Jesse Jackson

Outstanding Contemporary African Americans - Jesse Jackson Wall Poster
Jesse Jackson Outstanding Contemporary African Americans, Poster

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Jesse Jackson

On the night of July 19, 1988, under the hot glare of TV lights, the Rev. Jesse Jackson stood before thousands of people gathered for the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta and delivered a speech that former president Jimmy Carter called “the best speech ever given at a convention, certainly in my lifetime.” Although the Rev. Jackson's candidacy for U.S. president had ended in disappointment only days earlier, he brought the crowd to its feet with a stirring, emotional address in which he reached out to the nation's poor and urged them to "keep hope alive!". By the time he finished, those who were not cheering were wiping away tears.

When he was born in October of 1941, few people would have guessed that Jesse Jackson would one day come closer to winning the White House than any other Aftrican American man in history. His mother, Helen Burns, was 16 years old and unmarried when Jesse was born. Two years later, she married a nam named Charles Jackson, who eventually adopted Jesse. Jesse's boyhood home in Greenville, South Carolina, was a three-room cottage with no running water and an outdoor toilet.

But early on, people knew Jesse was going to be special. In school he was an honors student and a top athlete in three sports. He was offered a scholarship to attend the University of Illinois, but after his freshman year he transferred to North Carolina A & T, a largely black school in Greensboro. There, he became active in the growing civil rights movement and he met Jacqueline Lavinia Brown – the woman who became his wife.

Soon Jesse Jackson was known as a leader in the struggle for racial equality. In 1965 he joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The civil rights organization created by Martin Luther King, Jr. The Rev. Jackson headed up the SCLC's efforts in Chicago and soon became an important aide to Dr. King. After King's assassination, in 1968, the Rev. Jackson continued his efforts to help blacks through organizations such as Operation Breadbasket and People United to Serve Humanity, or PUSH. In 1984, he ran for president for the first time, losing the Democratic nomination to Walter Mondale. In 1988, the battle was between the Rev. Jackson and Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis. Even though Governor Dukakis became the nominee, Jesse Jackson won several important state contests during the campaign.

In 1990, the Rev. Jackson ran for and won the post of "shadow senator" for Washington, D.C., which made him a non-voting member of Congress representing citizens in the District of Columbia. President Bill Clinton named the Rev. Jackson a special envoy to Africa in 1997. Today, Jesse Jackson is one of the nation's most articulate voices for African Americans and their concerns. He has inspired an entire generation of young people by challenging them to achieve and urging them to always remember “I am somebody!”

Outstanding African Americans posters

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• “Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result.
Tears will get you sympathy; Sweat will get you change.”
• “At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.”
• “Where there is hope there is life, where there is life there is possibility, and where there is possibility change can occur.”


Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America’s Future by Jesse L., Sr. Jackson - An urgent, eloquent call for the abolition of the death penalty in America, from the father and son who are leading the fight against state-sponsored execution.

Jesse Jackson: Civil Rights Leader and Politician (Black Americans of Achievement) by Robert Jakoubek - ages 9 - 12

Black Leadership in America: From Booker T. Washington to Jesse Jackson (Studies in Modern History) by John White -

Jesse Jackson, Biography, VHS, 1987

Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery (1998 VHS) - groundbreaking six hour series of surprising revelations, dramatic recreations, rare archival photography and riveting first-person accounts. Africans in America helps define the reality of slavery’s past through the insightful commentary of a wide range of voices, including General Colin Powell and leading scholars, and offers unparalleled understanding - from slavery’s birth in the early 1600s through the violent onset of civil war in 1860. Narrated by Angela Bassett; includes the voices of William Hurt and Andre Braugher. Winner 1998 Peabody Award.


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