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Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson Jesse Louis Jackson is one of Americas foremost political figures Over the past three decades he has played a major role in virtually every movement for empowerment peace civil rights gender equality and economic and social justice Jackson has been called the conscience of the nation and the great unifier He is the best-known living American leader in the United States Jesse Louis Jackson was born on October 8 1941 in Greenville South Carolina A woman who did other peoples laundry brought him into this world The father was her married next door neighbor Needless to say Rev Jackson wasnt dealt the best hand But he overcame the obstacles of a lower middle class family even though his family was criticized Jackson is now a national figure In 1957 his stepfather a postal worker adopted him as his own son Reverend Jackson finished tenth in his high school class and was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Illinois Later he left U I And enrolled in North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensburo There he became class president and the civil rights activist began to show himself to the world After graduating in 1964 he attended the Chicago Theological Seminary until he joined the civil rights movement full time in 1965 Before graduating he joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference SCLC led by Martin Luther King Jr King appointed him to the head of Operation Breadbasket in Chicago In 1971 Rev Jesse L Jackson formed Operation PUSH People United to Save Humanity In the 1970s Jackson traveled throughout the United States in a campaign for education against drug abuse and gangs In the 1980s Jackson launched the National Rainbow Coalition to campaign for equal rights for African Americans women and homosexuals Jesse L Jackson was the breakthrough in black politics In 1984 he ran for the Democratic candidate for presidency He got 35 million votes
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