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 vs. Ben Carson: Ferguson, Race and Being Black in America

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Dr. Ben Carson discuss the role race played in Michael Brown's death.

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More than 15,000 people expected to attend the demonstration on Staten Island on Saturday.

Throwback Thursday: Black Leaders Back in the Day

Political and civil rights leaders take us on a trip down Memory Lane.

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Father Michael Pfleger compares the violence in Chicago to Hurricane Katrina.

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The history behind Soul Train. (4/22/2014)
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