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Jesse L. Jackson, MDiv Biography

Reverend and President of National Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Inc.
Con to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"

“[Reagan] may be the worst civil rights president we’ve had in recent memory… He did not support the right to vote; he did not support open housing… and he would not meet with civil rights leaders for eight years.”

“Jackson Ranks Reagan as Worst Civil Rights President in Memory,” St. Petersburg Times, Jan. 15, 1989

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and President, Rainbow PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity) Coalition, 1996-present
  • Host, Both Sides with Jesse Jackson, 1992-2000
  • Special Envoy of the President and Secretary of State for the Promotion of Democracy in Africa, 1997
  • Founder, Wall Street Project, 1997
  • Shadow Senator, District of Columbia, 1991-1996
  • Founder, National Rainbow Coalition, 1984-1996
  • Founder and Executive Director, Operation PUSH, 1971-1996
  • National Director, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), 1967-1971
  • Ordained Baptist Minister, June 30, 1968
  • Chicago Coordinator, Operation Breadbasket, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC, 1966-1967
  • Joined Martin Luther King, Jr. and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), 1965
  • Council on Racial Equality (CORE) delegate to the Young Democrats National Convention, 1964
  • Education:
  • MDiv (Master of Divinity), Chicago Theological Seminary, 2000
  • Attended Chicago Theological Seminary, 1964-1966
  • BA, Sociology, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College, 1964
  • Attended University of Illinois, 1959-1960
  • Other:
  • Recipient, Global Diversity and Inclusion Award, 2009
  • Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2000
  • Democratic Presidential Candidate, 1987-1988
  • Democratic Presidential Candidate, 1983-1984
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?