Jesse Louis Jackson (né 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.
|United States Shadow Senator|
from the District of Columbia
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Succeeded by||Paul Strauss|
Jesse Louis Burns
October 8, 1941
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
|Children||6, including Santita, Jesse Jr., and Jonathan|
|Education||University 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.