Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson

by Roger Bruns

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Overview

Jesse Jackson, a powerful orator and indefatigable organizer, has been one of the most dynamic forces for social and political action in both the national and international arenas, campaigning for human rights and social justice. Through such social action projects as Operation Breadbasket, Operation PUSH, and the Rainbow Coalition, as well as his own candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 1984 and 1988, Jackson became a worldwide spokesman for the minorities, marginalized, and poor. This biography traces his rise from his single-parent upbringing in Greenville, South Carolina, through his civil rights work with Martin Luther King Jr., to social and political leadership, audacious international diplomacy, and continued efforts to keep hope alive. It also covers his personal struggles and family life and includes commentary from those who have known him over the years.

Jesse Jackson, a powerful orator and indefatigable organizer, has been one of the most dynamic forces for social and political action in both the national and international arenas, campaigning for human rights and social justice. Through such social action projects as Operation Breadbasket, Operation PUSH, and the Rainbow Coalition, as well as his own candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 1984 and 1988, Jackson became a worldwide spokesman for the minorities, marginalized, and poor. This biography traces his rise from his single-parent upbringing in Greenville, South Carolina, through his civil rights work with Martin Luther King Jr., to social and political leadership, audacious international diplomacy, and continued efforts to keep hope alive. It also covers his personal struggles and family life and includes commentary from those who have known him over the years.

For decades, Reverend Jesse Jackson has been the nation's foremost African-American activist and leader. He has used his considerable talent, charisma, and ambition with great success, and the many accomplishments are discussed here. Readers will learn how Jackson has manipulated the system to fight for economic justice and political goals, breaking new ground. He and his actions have also engendered towering animosity, resentment, and scorn, and critical views of him are presented as well. Numerous photos complement the biography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313331381
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 831,986
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Roger Bruns is an independent scholar and prolific author of nonfiction and biographies, including on evangelists Billy Sunday and Billy Graham.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Introduction

Timeline of Events in the Life of Jesse Jackson

"Our Time Has Come"

South Carolina

College, Jackie, and the Birth of an Activist

Joining the King Movement

Operation Breadbasket

Assassination and Aftermath

Operation PUSH

The National Rainbow Coalition and the Election of 1984

"Common Ground and Common Sense"

Keeping a National Voice

The Business Hustle

"Keep Hope Alive"

Bibliography

Index

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