10 Interesting Jesse Jackson Facts

Thursday, May 1st 2014. | People

Find out the inspirational men whom people always link with civil right activism in Jesse Jackson facts. Jackson is also well known as a clergy man. He was born with the full name of Jesse Louis Burns on 8th October 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina. If you are curious to know more about him, see the following facts below:

Jesse Jackson Facts 1: parents

Jesse Jackson was not from a rich family. His father was only a cotton grader named Noah Robinson. His mother was a hairdresser named Helen Burns.

Jesse Jackson Facts 2: marriage

In December 31st, 1962, he married Jacqueline Lavinia. Both are still a happy couple till today. Their children include Jacqueline, Yusef, Jonathan, Jesse, Jr. and Santita. He also has a child named Ashley who was born in May 1999 with Karin Stanford.

Jesse Jackson facts

Jesse Jackson facts

Jesse Jackson Facts 3: education

Are you curious with the educational background of the famous activist? In 1964, he went to North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Greensboro with sociology major for a BA.

Jesse Jackson Facts 4: football scholarship

People definitely have no idea that Jesse Jackson was a good football player. He was offered with football scholarship from the University of Illinois. However, he decided to go to North Carolina A&T State University.

Jesse Jackson Image

Jesse Jackson Image

Jesse Jackson Facts 5: Charles Henry Jackson

In 1943, his mother Helen Burns married to Charles Henry Jackson. In 1957, Jesse was adopted by his step father. So he changed his last name as Jackson.

Jesse Jackson Facts 6: civil rights activism

His first civil right activity occurred when he and 7 other black people come to the public library located in Greenville County, South Carolina on 17th July 1960. The public library was included in the white area where no black people were allowed to come in. So he and other seven people were jailed.

Jesse Jackson Speech

Jesse Jackson Speech

Jesse Jackson Facts 7: civil rights demonstrations

One of the important events during the civil right movement was in Selma Alabama in 1965. At that time, Jesse also became a participant. He got along with the famous Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Are you interested to know about Dr Martin Luther King?  Check Martin Luther King Jr facts here.

Jesse Jackson Facts 8: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

It seems that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr believed Jesse Jackson much. He appointed him as the head of organization who worked to increase the economy of the black people called Chicago branch of Operation Breadbasket in 1966.

Jesse Jackson Young

Jesse Jackson Young

Jesse Jackson Facts 9: another role

In 1971 to 1986, Jesse Jackson got bigger role. He was appointed as Executive Director of Operation PUSH.

Jesse Jackson Facts 10: candidacy

It was such a surprising fact for the people that Jesse Jackson announced himself to be the candidate for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination on 3rd November 1983.

Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson

He also showed up on CNN from 1992 to 2000. He became the host for Both Sides with Jesse Jackson. Are you fascinated with facts about Jesse Jackson?

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