Jesse Jackson



Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Abigail Bastin, Staff Writer

Jesse Jackson is a civil rights activist. The activist, now 75 years of age still stands by his views today. So what exactly did Jackson do to be known so big? Let’s start at the beginning. He was born Jesse Louis Jackson on october 8, 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina. Jackson graduated from the public schools in greenville then preceded to enroll into the university of Illinois with a football scholarship. Later he moved to North Carolina A&T state university, where he graduated in 1964.  Jackson earned the chance to work full time with fellow civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr. Jesse has earned more than 40 honorary doctorate degrees, in October 1997, Jackson was appointed by former President Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as Special Envoy of the President and Secretary of State for the Promotion of Democracy in Africa. Then in November of 2007 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Regents Park College at Oxford University in the UK, and received an Honorary Fellowship from Edge Hill University in Liverpool, England. So what is Jesse jackson most known for . . . the Rainbow PUSH coalition.  The Rainbow PUSH coalition was established in 1971, PUSH stands for “people united to save humanity”. The organization was made to improve the economics of black communities all across the U.S