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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".

Selected Titles At Your Library

Straight from the heart /
ISBN: 0800608623. OCLC Number:

Fortress Press,. Philadelphia :. ©1987.

Legal lynching :
ISBN: 1569247617. OCLC Number:

Marlowe & Co.,. New York :. 1996.

Legal Lynching is an impassioned rebuttal to advocates of the death penalty: legal executions are unjustly administered, are morally indefensible and fail to deter crime. A comprehensive rejection of the knee-jerk solution to the rise in violent crime, Legal Lynching comprises a history of state-sponsored execution, a consideration of the statistical evidence, an examination of scriptural justification for the taking of a life, and, most chilling, the true-life stories of those condemned to die who were later found to be innocent. With eloquent determination, Jackson examines the recent history of the death penalty. He reflects on high-profile cases, such as that of Mumia Abu-Jamal; assesses the state of the opposition movement; and reveals irrefutable discrepancies in the implementation of the death penalty based on race, class, sex, and geography. By giving lie to the notion that justice is administered blindly and fairly in the life-and-death cases, Jackson's exposition is an inspiring call to action.

It's about the money! :
ISBN: 081293296X. OCLC Number:

Times Business,. New York :. ©1999.

Advice for financial success, specifically for African Americans.

Legal lynching :
ISBN: 1565846850. OCLC Number:

New Press :. New York :. 2001.

Argues that the death penalty is morally wrong, an ineffective deterrent, and an instrument of a justice system exemplified by systematic legal error and widespread racial bias.

Speaking Engagements

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