Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.
Founder and President
Rainbow PUSH Coalition
|The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice. On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Reverend Jackson has been called the “Conscience of the Nation” and “the Great Unifier,” challenging America to be inclusive and to establish just and humane priorities for the benefit of all. He is known for bringing people together on common ground across lines of race, culture, class, gender and belief.
Born on October 8, 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina, Jesse Jackson graduated from the public schools in Greenville and then enrolled in the University of Illinois on a football scholarship. He later transferred to North Carolina A&T State University and graduated in 1964. He began his theological studies at Chicago Theological Seminary but deferred his studies when he began working full-time in the Civil Rights Movement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was ordained on June 30, 1968 by Rev. Clay Evans and received his earned Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2000. (Read More)
Words Of Wisdom: Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.
“You can’t plant a seed and pick the fruit the next morning.”
“Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow – red, yellow, brown, black and white –
and we’re all precious in God’s sight….Even in our fractured state, all of us count and all of us fit somewhere.”
“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.”
– Reverend Jesse Jackson
Check out the following video: On April 4, 2011, the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.s shocking assassination, civil rights advocate Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. marched and spoke for worker’s rights in Madison, WI, to thousands of protestors! “I am a Man” signs commemorate the unity in struggle for workers and are a throwback to the Memphis Sanitation Workers fight for collective bargaining rights that Martin Luther King Jr. was speaking out in favor of the days before his assassination.