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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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.

Celebrity Birthdays: Bruno Mars Celebrates!

Toni Braxton, Nick Cannon and others celebrate this week.

New Focus on Minority Voting After Brown's Death

Blacks want to become more politically active and in control of who serves in public office.

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.

Parents of Michael Brown Slated to Attend Eric Garner Rally

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