Jesse Jackson: A Biography (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 141 pages
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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.

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Jesse Jackson was the last person to talk to mr. King

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all i want to say is i am doing a report on you and want to tell u that rock on keep going what you did is amazing i have a friend that came up to me one day and said if it was not for jesse jackson and other civil rights leaders we would not be friends. and that made me feel like hey let me see what jesse jackson did. 


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
Selected Bibliography

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About the author (2005)

ROGER BRUNS is an independent scholar and author of many books, including Preacher: Billy Sunday and the Rise of American Evangelism (1992). He has recently retired from the National Archives and Records Administration and lives in Reston, Virginia.

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