Jesse Jackson was born Jesse Louis Burns in 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina. He was born to the parents of Helen Burns and Noah Robinson. His mother remarried two years later to a man named Charles Jackson (Jesse later in life changed his name to Jesse Louis Jackson because of his stepfather). He graduated from Sterling High School and received a football scholarship to the University of Illinois. During his first year, he became dissatisfied with his treatment on the campus and on the field. He was told that as a black he could not expect to play quarterback. Less than a year later, Jesse decided to finish his college years in the south, thus transferring to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Jackson first became involved in the Civil Rights movement while a student at North Carolina A&T. There at NC A&T he joined the Greensboro chapter of the Council on Racial Equality (CORE), an organization that had led early sit-ins to protest segregated lunch counters. In early 1963 Jackson organized numerous marches, sit-ins, and mass arrests to press for the desegregation of local restaurants and theaters (Frady 23). His leadership in these events earned him reco...
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...t he has had his hands in a share of things. He has run for president, founded the Wall Street Project, and has been a prominent figure in international diplomacy (Stanford 57). In 2000, along with his son, he published It's About the Money!: How You Can Get Out of Debt, Build Wealth, and Achieve Your Financial Dreams! The book is a hot-to guide for financial independence and security(Timmerman 323).
Although Jackson was viewed by some as the potential successor to Martin Luther King as the leader in the struggle for rights, he never quite gained the full support of all elements of the black community. However, Jesse Jackson has become the leading spokesman for Americans forgotten by the power brokers of the political process, especially blacks. He will be remembered from the Civil Rights Movement as a powerful voice that enforced action while others TALKED of it.
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