Jesse Jackson Biography
Jesse Jackson (Jesse Louis Jackson Sr.) is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997.
He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988.
Jesse Jackson Age
Louis was born on October 8, 1941, in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S. He is 81 years old as of 2023.
Jesse Jackson Family
He was born to Helen Burns and Noah Louis Robinson. His father, Robinson was a former professional boxer who was an employee of a textile brokerage and a well-known figure in the black community.
Lastly a year after his birth, his mother married Charles Henry Jackson and he was given his stepfather’s name in the adoption.
His siblings are Chuck Jackson, Noah Robinson Jr.
He attended the racially segregated Sterling High School in Greenville, where he was elected student class president, finished tenth in his class, and earned letters in baseball, football, and basketball where he graduated in 1959.
Moreover, he later attended the predominantly white University of Illinois and transferred to the North Carolina A&T, a historically black university located in Greensboro, North Carolina.
In addition, he claimed that the reason for him changing school was the racial prejudice that prevented him from playing quarterback and limited his participation on a competitive public speaking team.
Finally, he graduated with a bachelor of Science degree in sociology in 1964, then attended the Chicago Theological Seminary on a scholarship and ordained a minister in 1968.
Jesse Jackson’s Wife
He married Jacqueline Lavinia Brown on December 31, 1962, and they are blessed with 5 children; Ashley Laverne Jackson, Jacqueline Lavinia Jackson, Jesse Jackson Jr., Jonathan Jackson, Santita Jackson, Yusef DuBois Jackson.
Jesse Jackson Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Jesse Jackson 88
This was his second campaign for President of the United States. This time, his successes in the past made him a more credible candidate and he was both better financed and better organized. He captured 6.9 million votes and won 11 contests: seven primaries (Alabama, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, and Virginia) and four caucuses (Delaware, Michigan, South Carolina, and Vermont)
Jesse Jackson Civil Rights
He was elected student body president while at A&T and became active in local civil rights protests against segregated libraries, theaters, and restaurants.
He dropped out in 1966, three classes short of earning his master’s degree, to focus full-time on the Civil Rights Movement. In the greater part of his years and his political career, he has worked on fighting for civil rights through civil rights movements especially fighting for the black community of the United States.
During the 1980s, he achieved wide fame as a politician. He became a well-known spokesman for civil rights issues among them he mediated in a firefighter’s strike.
He served as a speaker for The International Peace Foundation in 2009 on the topic “Building a culture of peace and development in a globalized world”.
Jesse Jackson, I Am Somebody
I Am – Somebody is a poem that Jackson recited with the assembled crowd at Los Angeles Coliseum for the famous Wattstax concert in 1972.
Jesse Jackson Keep Hope Alive
Jesse Jackson Sick
Back in 2017, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He said that the recognitionof the effects of this diseaseon him was painful. However, he said that it was not a sop sign to him but instead a signal that he must make lifestyle changes and dedicate himself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression. To add on that, he said that he will also dedicate his remaining years to help find a cure for the disease affecting 60 million Americans every year.
Jesse Jackson Speech
Here is a piece from his speech to the Democratic National Convention that was held on Wednesday, July 18, 1984.
Tonight we come together bound by our faith in a mighty God, with genuine respect and love for our country, and inheriting the legacy of a great party, the Democratic Party, which is the best hope for redirecting our nation on a more humane, just and peaceful course.
This is not a perfect party. We are not a perfect people. Yet, we are called to a perfect mission: our mission to feed the hungry; to clothe the naked; to house the homeless; to teach the illiterate; to provide jobs for the jobless; and to choose the human race over the nuclear race. (Applause)
We are gathered here this week to nominate a candidate and adopt a platform which will expand, unify, direct and inspire our Party and the Nation to fulfill this mission.
My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected, and the despised. They are restless and seek relief. They’ve voted in record numbers. They have invested faith, hope and trust that they have in us. The Democratic Party must send them a signal that we care. I pledge my best to not let them down.
- Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.
- Your children need your presence more than your presents.
- If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.
- Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
- Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes but morning comes…. Keep hope alive.
- Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.
- Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
- Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.
- At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.
- America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth.