Father: Noah Robinson, cotton grader
Mother: Helen (Burns) Jackson, hairdresser
Marriage: Jacqueline Lavinia (Brown) Jackson (December 31, 1962-present)
Children: with Karin Stanford: Ashley; with Jacqueline Lavinia (Brown) Jackson: Jacqueline, Yusef, Jonathan, Jesse Jr. and Santita
Education: North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Greensboro, 1964, B.A. in Sociology; Chicago Theological Seminary, 2000, M.Div.
Ran for US president twice but has never held elected office.
After high school graduation, Jackson received an offer from the Chicago White Sox and a football scholarship from the University of Illinois. He chose the football scholarship but later transferred to North Carolina A&T State University.
Jackson’s son Jesse Jr. is a former US congressman who represented Illinois’ 2nd District.
1943 – Jackson’s mother marries Charles Henry Jackson. He formally adopts Jesse in 1957.
July 17, 1960 – Jackson begins his civil rights activism when he and seven others enter the “whites only” public library in Greenville County, South Carolina. They are subsequently arrested and jailed. A lawyer files suit on their behalf and two months later the library system abandons formal segregation of its downtown library.
1968 – Is ordained a Baptist minister.
December 1971 – Resigns from the SCLC and forms Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) in Chicago.
1971-1986 – Executive director of operation for PUSH.
November 3, 1983 – Formally announces his candidacy for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination.
April 17, 1986 – Founds the National Rainbow Coalition, a national social justice organization in Washington, DC.
1992-2000 – Hosts “Both Sides with Jesse Jackson” on CNN.
May 1, 1999 – Successfully negotiates with Slobodan Milosevic for the release of three US soldiers who had been held in Yugoslavia for more than a month.
January 18, 2001 – Publicly acknowledges he fathered a daughter out of wedlock in 1999 with Karin Stanford, the former head of Rainbow/PUSH’s Washington bureau.
September 2012 – Two Americans serving prison sentences for treason in Gambia are allowed to return to the United States after Jackson makes a face-to-face appeal to President Yahya Jammeh for their release.
October 2013 – Following public pleas from Jackson, Colombia’s FARC guerrillas release Kevin Scott Sutay, who had been captured by FARC guerrillas on June 20, while he was backpacking through Colombia.
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