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|United States Shadow Senator
from the District of Columbia
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Succeeded by||Paul Strauss|
|Birthday/Birthplace||Jesse Louis Burns
(1941-10-08) October 8, 1941
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
|Wife/Husband||Jacqueline Brown (1962–present)|
|Kid(s)||6, including Santita, Jesse and Jonathan|
|School(s)||University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (BS)
Chicago Theological Seminary (MDiv)
Jesse Jackson’s Biography
Jackson became involved in the civil rights movement. In 1965 he went to Selma, Alabama, to march with Martin Luther King, Jr., and became a worker of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Jackson helped found the Chicago branch of Operation Bread Basket, the right arm of the CEP, in 1966 and served as the national director of the organization from 1967 to 1971. When King was killed on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, the day after his famous “I’ve been on top of the mountain” speech at the Mason Temple, Jackson was in the parking lot, one floor below. Accused of using the SCLC to obtain personal benefits, Jackson was suspended by the organization, after which he formally resigned in 1971 and founded Operation PUSH (United People to Save Humanity), an organization based in Chicago in which he advocated the self-help of blacks and has achieved a wide audience for their liberal views. In 1984 he founded the Rainbow National Coalition, which sought equal rights for African Americans, women and homosexuals. These two organizations merged in 1996 to form the Rainbow /PUSH Coalition.
Jackson began traveling extensively in the 1970s to mediate or focus his attention on international problems and controversies. In 1979 he visited South Africa, where he spoke against apartheid, and later traveled to the Middle East and mediated a campaign to give the Palestinians their own state. While some observers and government officials disapproved of his diplomatic missions considering him intrusive and a person seeking self-aggrandizement, Jackson won praise for negotiating the release of US soldiers. and civilians around the world, including in Syria (1984), Iraq (1990) and Yugoslavia (1999).
In the 1980s, Jackson became a national voice, a leader and advocate for African-Americans. His voter registration unit was a key factor in electing the first African-American mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington, in April 1983. The following year, Jackson was on the lists for the Democratic presidential nomination. During the campaign that was criticized for his relationship with Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam and for making a disparaging comment about the Jewish community in New York, Jackson apologized later for his comments and distanced himself from Farrakhan. In what was then the strongest show in the history of an African-American candidate, Jackson took third place in primary voting. In 1988 he staged another bid for the Democratic nomination and came in second place to the final candidate of the party, Michael Dukakis. Jackson’s growing influence in the Democratic Party ensured that African American problems were an important part of the party’s platform. Jackson, a dynamic speaker, delivered memorable speeches at the Democratic conventions later, but refused to run again for the presidency.
Jesse Jackson Net Worth – $10 Million
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