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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr.  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina

-- Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Jackson attended the Chicago Theological Seminary with the intent of becoming a minister, but dropped out in 1966 to focus full time on the civil rights movement. He was ordained in 1968, without a theological degree; awarded an honorary theological doctorate from Chicago in 1990; and received his Master of Divinity Degree based on his previous credits earned, plus his life experience and subsequent work, in 2000.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. is a civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was a candidate for the Democratic 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. After being appointed special envoy to Africa, he was awarded the 2000 Presidential Medal of Freedom. In an AP-AOL "Black Voices" poll in February 2006, Jackson was voted "the most important black leader".

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Straight from the Heart
ISBN: 0800608623

Fortress Pr. 1987

Discusses topics such as human rights, education, apartheid, presidential politics, prayer, and freedom of the press

Legal Lynching: Racism, Injustice, and the Death Penalty
ISBN: 1569247617

Da Capo Press. 1996

The African-American activist argues the case against the death penalty, examining its recent history and revealing how it disproportionately affects blacks and sometimes leads to the killing of innocent defendants. 50,000 first printing. IP.

It's About the Money! The Fourth Movement of the Freedom Symphony: How to Build Wealth, Get Access..
ISBN: 081293296X

Time Business. 1999

Rooted in the American dream, It's About the Money! is the Reverend Jesse Jackson and Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s program for helping every American become financially independent and self-sufficient. It offers the nuts and bolts of personal finance, including:

Getting out of debt
Preparing a budget
Building wealth through a regular program of saving and investing
Preparing for retirement
Avoiding financial scams
Dealing with major life events, such as sending children to college

The Reverend Jackson and Congressman Jackson believe that the message contained in It's About the Money! is the fourth step in the movement to freedom.The first three (emancipation from slavery, ending legal segregation, securing the right to vote) laid the basis for
the most contemporary stage: access to capital and financial independence. It's About the Money! includes many inspiring stories of people who have learned how to manage their money, save on a regular basis, and plan for the future by building a nest egg. Its message of financial empowerment is one that the Reverend Jackson will focus on and spread across the country in the year 2000: the need for every individual and family to become financially self-reliant. He will have strong support for this message through the African-American church network.

Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America's Future
ISBN: 1565846850

The New Press. 2001

With public opinion polls showing opposition to the death penalty at its highest level in twenty years, this timely book by two of America’s most important civil rights leaders and the Nation’s criminal justice reporter makes a passionate and persuasive case against capital punishment. Combining a powerful moral argument with recent, overwhelming evidence of systematic legal error and widespread racial bias in death penalty cases, Legal Lynching directly attacks the basic claims of those—including our new president—who continue to insist on execution as a punitive solution for an increasing number of crimes. With the abolition of the death penalty in South Africa, the United States has become the last industrialized democracy to persist in state-sponsored execution.

Grounded in stories of those who were unjustly convicted and left to languish on death row, Legal Lynching is a moving, human book by America’s leading death penalty abolitionists.

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