Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson is a notable civil rights activist, Baptist minister, one-time Democratic presidential candidate (1994) and father of Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. In the 1960s Jackson participated in the civil rights movement, marching alongside Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and serving as national director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the steering organization for the civil rights protests. After falling out with the leadership of the SCLC, Jackson founded Operation Push (later Rainbow/Push) to help further rights of underserved communities.  An international operator, Jackson has negotiated the release of Americans held captive in Cuba, Iraq and Syria.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Leaves Federal Prison for Halfway House

Jesse Jackson Jr. is returning to Washington, D.C., to complete his sentence.

News: Selma Anniversary Participants Get New Marching Orders

Marchers return to Selma with a new sense of purpose. (3/8/2015)

Andraé Crouch Remembered for His Dedication to Gospel Music

Stevie Wonder, Rev. Jesse Jackson and more sang the legend's praises.

Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity

Representatives from major technology companies are slated to attend the summit organized by Jesse Jackson and his group Rainbow Push.

This Day in Black History: Nov. 3, 1983

Jesse Jackson announced that he would run for president of the United States on Nov. 3, 1983.

Record Number of Black Candidates Seeking Office

The increase may be due to a combination of opportunity and changing demographics.
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