Jesse Jackson

Jesse Louis Jackson ( Burns; born October 8, 1941) is an American political activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997.

Jesse Jackson
United States Shadow Senator
from the District of Columbia
In office
January 3, 1991  January 3, 1997
Preceded bySeat established
Succeeded byPaul Strauss
Personal details
Jesse Louis Burns

(1941-10-08) October 8, 1941 (age 79)
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1962)
Children6, including Santita, Jesse Jr., and Jonathan
EducationUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (BS)
Chicago Theological Seminary (MDiv)

He is the founder of the organizations that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH. Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is his eldest son. Jackson hosted Both Sides with Jesse Jackson on CNN from 1992 to 2000.