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Dorothy Chaplik Up with Hope A biography of Jesse Jackson Dillon Press 1986This book is about a virtuous leader Jesse Jackson It explains how he grew up in a hard time for blacks and how he was committed to being somebody When Jesse was a little boy his grandmother urged him saying Jesse promise me youll be somebody The Reverend Jesse Jackson understood the power of hopeJesses childhood was tough for him His mother and father werent married when she had Jesse and the communitys disapproval was felt Another reason for the tough times in Jesses growing up was the discrimination against blacks The tough times never got in Jesses way he was destined to be somebodyJesse had several jobs while he was growing up to keep him off of the streets earning extra money for the clothing he liked to wear His first job was at the age of six he worked in the wood and coal yards owned by his grandfather He also was very active in his schooling always trying to better himself and learn new things When he was twelve years old he joined the reading club at the County Library for the Colored where Jesse found books to satisfy his curiosity and his love for words Jesse was also involved with sports and other activities When he was in high school he was always running for all the class offices and any leadership position because of his smarts and ways with the crowd he was usually the one to win the positionsJesse graduated tenth in his class and went off to college to the University of Illinois on an athletic scholarship He was offered six thousand dollars a year to join the New York Giants but he felt that he should better his education When Jesse got to Illinois he found that segregation was as bad there as in the south He was only allowed to play certain positions
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