Happy 79th Birthday Rev. Jesse Jackson

Jesse Louis Burns 10/8/1941 Greenville, SC.

Played baseball, football, and basketball at his segregated high school.  Was class president.

Ordained as a minister in 1968.

Was involved in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in the 1960s.

Founded Rainbow/PUSH coalition in 1971.

PUSH stood for People United to Save then Serve Humanity.

He was a shadow U.S. Senator for D.C. from 1991 to 1997.

He negotiated the release of 22 Americans in 1968.

Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honorfrom Clinton in 2000.

Was with Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. when he was assassinated.

He is married and father to six children.


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