“WHEN THE DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY SWING OPEN, WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT TOO DRUNK OR TOO INDIFFERENT TO WALK THROUGH”
Jesse Louis Jackson Sr. born October 8, 1941 is an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was a candidate for the Presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as “shadow senator” for the District of Columbia from 1991 TO 1997.
He was the founder of both entities that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. is his eldest son. According to an APAOL “Black Voices” poll in February 2006, Jackson was voted “the most important black leader” with 15% of the vote.
Jackson married Jacqueline Lavina Brown (born 1944) on December 31, 1962, and they have five children: Sanita (1963), Jesse Jr. (1965), Jonathan Luther (1966), Yusef DuBois (1970), and Jacqueline Lavinia (1975).
In 1965, he participated in the Selma to Montogomery marches organized by James Bevel, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and other civil rights leaders in Alabama. When Jackson returned from Selma, he threw himself into SCLC’s effort to establish a beachhead of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Chicago.