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Jesse Jackson is a highly popular Baptist Minister and civil rights activist in the US. He was also the United States shadow Senator, and the founder of Rainbow/PUSH, a civil rights organization.
In 1984 and 1988, Jackson was the Presidential candidate in the US representing the Democratic Party. From 1991 to 1997, Jesse was the US shadow senator for the District of Columbia.
His elder son Jesse Jackson Jr. is a former US Representative. Between 1992 and 2000, Jesse hosted “Both Sides with Jesse Jackson” on CNN.
Jackson was born on January 3, 1991 in Greenville, South Carolina. Jesse was the child of Helen Burns, a high school student of 16 years and 33 year old Noah Louis Robinson, her neighbor who was already married.
Jackson had a troubled childhood due to his birth that happened out of wedlock. However, he later said such experiences motivated him to move towards success in life.
How much is the net worth of Jesse Jackson?
Jesse Jackson’s current net worth is estimated at $9 million. He is an American political activist, Baptist minister, and politician.
Jackson played quarterback at the school and was elected as the president of the student body. He organized protests against segregation at restaurants, theaters and libraries.
After passing his BS in sociology, Jesse got a scholarship to attend Chicago Theological Seminary, which he dropped in 1966 to concentrate on the civil rights movement full time.
He was ordained Minister in 1968 and in 2000, he was conferred the Master of Divinity Degree for his credentials.
Jesse Jackson Net Worth Quick Summary
|Name||Jesse Louis Burns|
|Popular Name||Jesse Jackson|
|Birth Date||October 8, 1941|
|Birth Place||Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Career Roles||Politician, Minister, Football Player and Film Producer|
|Political Affiliation||Democratic Party|
|Education||BS from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State UniversityMDiv from Chicago Theological Seminary|
|Net Worth in 2022||$9 million|
Jesse Jackson Net Worth
Jesse Jackson has a net worth of $9 million in 2022. His wealth has ensued from his career as a popular civil activist, a United States shadow Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997, and as the Founder of the Rainbow/PUSH organization.
Jesse Jackson was a highly prominent figure in American politics during the late twentieth century. He has created a huge impact in the domain of civil rights activism.
In both of his Presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988, Jesse Jackson bagged millions of votes and won the sixteen state contests becoming the first African American to become a viable candidate for the President.
Life and career of Jesse Jackson
Jackson had to grow up facing Jim Crow segregation laws. He did his schooling at Sterling High School, which was one of Greenville’s racially segregated schools.
He finished tenth at his class and was elected as the president of the student class. He too excelled in games like football, basketball and baseball. He passed from the school in 1959.
Jesse landed a football scholarship to attend the University of Illinois. He did not sign the contract, but was inducted into a minor league professional baseball team.
University of Illinois was predominantly a white school and Jesse spent only two semesters there and then sought transfer to North Carolina A&T, which was a black university in Greensboro, North Carolina.
At the school, Jesse not only did well in football, but also played quarterback on the team. He was very active in local civil rights protests organized against social segregation.
He got elected as the president of the student body. He graduated from the college in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and got a scholarship to pursue his masters at the Chicago Theological Seminary.
In 1966, Jesse discontinued his college studies to dedicate his full time to the civil rights movement. However, the college awarded him the Master of Divinity Degree taking into account his coursework and experience in life.
Jackson was found in a group of eight Black Americans known as the Greenville Eight, which staged a sit-in July 16, 1960 at the white-only Greenville Public Library located in Greenville, South Carolina.
The group was arrested on charges of “disorderly conduct”, and was eventually bailed out by a pastor.
Jesse Jackson joined Martin Luther King Jr., to work for him. Luther was highly impressed by Jesse’s work and asked him to take responsibility for a frontline office for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Chicago.
n 1966 Jackson was appointed James Bevel and King as the head of the economic arm of SCLC, the Chicago branch of Operation Breadbasket.
In the next year, Jackson was promoted as the national director, but soon after that he resigned his position at the SLCC to establish Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity), an organization committed to anti-racism and anti-military principles.
Jackson organized several projects for the Black community through this organization like the PUSH-Excel program to motivate children and teens to succeed in life.
In 1984, Jackson ran the presidential campaign representing the Democratic Party. In the Democratic presidential primaries, his campaign was targeted against Walter Mondale and Gary Hart.
Following Shirley Chisholm, Jackson was only the second Black to run a countrywide presidential campaign representing the Democrats.
Jesse tried to win the US Democratic presidential nomination once again in 1988 putting up a more organized campaign this time, which was also better funded.
He won around 55% of votes in the Democratic caucus in Michigan and became the front-runner for the nomination. Nevertheless, to Michael Dukakis, he lost a line of primaries and had to lose the nomination.
During both the campaigns, Jesse worked on the same platform, which was a highly liberal one known for fighting for issues such as approving the Equal Rights Amendment, cutting the Department of Defense budget, creating free community college to all, developing a single-payer healthcare system, working for the formation of a Palestinian state, and moving the War on Drugs from working for mandatory minimum sentences for the users of drugs, among other issues.
During his early political career, Jesse was seen as a pro-life advocate, but later shifted to the stand of pro-choice, and pressing for lesser governmental interference in decisions related to women.
Though Jesse lost both his presidential campaigns, he had other roles to play in his political career. He was the shadow senator for the Columbia District from 1991 to 1997.
His responsibility was to lobby for awarding statehood for the Columbia District. He too backed the Democratic Presidential candidate Bill Clinton influencing the African American votes in his favor.
During the 2008 presidential election, Jesse was supporting the campaign of Barack Obama. He supported Hilary Clinton, one another Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election later endorsing Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries.
Awards and honors for Jesse Jackson
Jackson is the recipient of several awards and honors during his career. In 1971, Ebony magazine named him in its list of “100 most influential black Americans”.
He got NAACP’s Spingarn Medal in 1989. In 1991, the American Whig-Cliosophic Society honored him with the James Madison Award for his extraordinary public service.
In 2000, he secured the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the hands of Former President Bill Clinton. Notably, this is the highest honor conferred on civilians in the country.
In 2002, Molefi Kete Asante, a renowned scholar included him on his list of 100 Greatest African-Americans. AP-AOL “Black Voices” poll conducted in February 2006 elected him as the “the most important black leader”.
Michael Jackson gave him the title, “High Prince of the Agni people of Côte d’Ivoire”. Edge Hill University gave him an Honorary Fellowship in 2008.
In August 2009, Amon N’Douffou V, King of Krindjabo ruling over one million Agni tribes’ people, crowned Jesse Jackson as “Prince Côte Nana.
In 1968, he was ordained a minister. In 2000, he was given the Master of Divinity Degree for the credits he had earned previously also considering his works and experience in life.
Jesse Jackson enjoyed close personal connections with Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator and has given speeches in the communist nation in praise of him.
Jackson was also one of the celebrity witnesses who testified at the trial of the “Chicago Eight” between 1969 and 1970.