10 Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson

Post On: February 26, 2017

Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson give the insight about the famous politician, Baptist minister and American civil rights activist. He was born on 8th October 1941 as Jesse Louis Burns. In 1984 until 1988, he was a candidate for presidential nomination from Democratic Party. In 1991 until 1997, he became a shadow United States Senator for District of Columbia. The eldest son of Rev Jesse Jackson is Jesse Jackson, Jr who had served as the United States Representative. Let us find out other interesting facts about Jackson below:

Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson 1: the birthplace

The birthplace of Jackson was located in Greenville, South Carolina. His father was Noah Louis Robinson. His mother was Helen Burns. His mother married Charles Henry Jackson a year after the birth of Jeese. Charles then adopted Jeese as his son.

Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson

Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson

Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson 2:  the fathers

Even though Jesse decided to use the name of his stepfather as his last name, he still maintained great relationship with his biological father, Robinson. Both were considered as his fathers.

Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson 3: motivation

Jesse wanted to become a successful man in life since he was often taunted as a boy out of wedlock by his friends during his childhood.

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Rev Jesse Jackson 1983

Rev Jesse Jackson 1983

Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson 4: discrimination

Since Jesse is black, he faced discrimination just like the other boys. He had to use the separate water fountains and had to go back of the bus under the Jim Crow laws.

Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson 5: the education

Jesse was educated at Sterling High School in Greenville. It was a racially segregated school. He was good in basketball, football and baseball.


Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson 6: football scholarship

Jesse had a football scholarship to attend University of Illinois. He was transferred to North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina after the second semester. The University of Illinois was dominated by white students.

Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson 7: the reasons of his transfer

Jackson stated that he had limited access to participate in the public-speaking team. He was prevented to play as a quarterback in the University of Illinois.

Rev Jesse Jackson Image

Rev Jesse Jackson Image

Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson 8: Harry Edwards

A sociologist, Harry Edwards rejected the reasons claimed by Jackson for the university had had a black quarterback before. He believed that the academic probation, which made Jackson, left University of Illinois in 1960.

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Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson 9: the career in A&T

Jackson became a quarterback when he was in A&T. He was also involved in various local civil rights protests.

Rev Jesse Jackson

Rev Jesse Jackson

Facts about Rev Jesse Jackson 10: graduation

In 1964, he graduated with a B.S. in sociology. Then he earned scholarship at Chicago Theological Seminary. In 1966, he was dropped out.  In 1968, Jackson became a minister. He earned Master of Divinity Degree in 2000.

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