|Net Worth:||$9 Million|
|Date of Birth:||October 8, 1941 (81 years old)|
|Profession:||Politician, American football player, Film Producer, Minister|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
What is Jesse Jackson’s Net Worth?
Jesse Jackson is an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister who has a net worth of $9 million. Jackson is a well-known civil rights advocate, a shadow senator for the US, and the founder of the civil rights group Rainbow/PUSH.
Jesse Louis Jackson Sr. was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on October 8, 1941. Helen Burns, a 16-year-old, was his mother, and Noah Louis Robinson, a 33-year-old married neighbor, was his father.
Jackson’s mother wed Charles Henry Jackson a year after he was born, and the couple later had him adopted. Jackson’s last name was changed to that of his stepfather after he was adopted, but he also kept up a relationship with Robinson and regards both men as his fathers.
Jackson attended Sterling High School, a Greenville school that was segregated based on race, and grew up in a time of Jim Crow legislation.
In addition to being voted student class president and earning letters in baseball, football, and basketball, he also graduated in the top ten of his class and gained numerous other accomplishments there.
He turned down the contract he was offered by a minor league professional baseball team after completing high school in 1959 and instead chose to enroll at the University of Illinois on a football scholarship.
Jackson transferred to North Carolina A&T, a historically black college in Greensboro, North Carolina, after only two semesters at the University of Illinois, an institution with a large number of white students.
He thrived there, serving as the quarterback for the football team, being voted president of the student body, and participating in neighborhood civil rights demonstrations against segregation.
After receiving a B.S. in sociology from his college in 1964, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Chicago Theological Seminary to pursue a master’s degree.
But in order to devote all of his time and attention to the civil rights movement, he left school in 1966. He later received a Master of Divinity degree in 2000 as a result of his prior study and life experiences.
Jackson began his Democratic presidential candidacy in 1984. In the Democratic presidential primary, he ran a campaign against Gary Hart and Walter Mondale. After Shirley Chisholm, he was the only other black Democrat to ever run a national campaign for the presidency.
He attempted to secure the Democratic presidential candidacy once more in 1988. This time, his campaign was better funded and more well-organized. He was once thought to be the front-runner for the nomination after garnering 55% of the vote in the Michigan Democratic caucus. But Michael Dukakis prevailed in a number of primaries, and he finally lost the nomination.
His platform remained largely the same throughout both of his campaigns, and it was what was regarded as a highly liberal platform that included, among other things, cutting the Department of Defense budget, establishing a single-payer healthcare system, ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, offering free community college to everyone, supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state, and shifting the War on Drugs away from mandatory minimum sentences for drug users.
Early in his career, he was a vocal pro-lifer; but, he has subsequently come around to supporting abortion rights and opposing excessive government meddling in women’s affairs. Jackson eventually held political office, despite failing in both of his presidential campaigns.
He was the “shadow senator” for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. The primary duty of this unpaid job was to advocate for statehood for the District of Columbia. Later, during Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, he supported the Democratic nominee and was a crucial ally in getting African-American voters to favor Clinton.
He backed Barack Obama’s bid for president in the 2008 election and was spotted crying before Obama gave his speech at the victory rally on November 4, 2008, after Obama won. In the 2016 presidential election, Jackson supported Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party, and in the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential primary, he supported Bernie Sanders.
Jackson is a member of the Greenville Eight, a group of eight Black Americans who took part in a sit-in at the Greenville Public Library in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, on July 16, 1960.
They were all detained for engaging in “disorderly behavior” and released on bail thanks to his pastor. Later, he started working for Martin Luther King Jr., and King was so impressed by him that he gave him the task of building a front office for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Chicago.
Jackson was then appointed by James Bevel and King to lead the Chicago division of Operation Breadbasket, the SCLC’s economic arm, in 1966. He was elevated to national director the next year but ultimately left the SCLC to launch Operation PUSH, a new anti-racism and anti-military group (People United to Save Humanity).
Jackson worked on many initiatives for the Black community through PUSH, one of which was the introduction of the PUSH-Excel program for inspiring kids and teenagers to achieve success.
Jackson married Lavinia Brown in December 1962. Santita (born 1963), Jesse Jr. (born 1965), Jonathan Luther (born 1966), Yusef DuBois (1970), and Jacqueline Lavinia are their five children (1975).
His liaison with employee Karin Stanford was made public in 2001. Ashley, the daughter, was born as a result of the relationship in 1999. Jackson was currently paying $4,000 per month in child support. Jackson received a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis in November of last year.
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