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The Honorable Jesse Jackson, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
U.S. Congressman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Keep the faith.

Birthplace

Born:
3/11/1965
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
U.S. Congressman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Keep the faith.

Birthplace

Born:
3/11/1965
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Born on March 11, 1965, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. literally was born into the civil rights movement. Son of the passionate activist, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Jackson was raised in an environment that strongly advocated education. Jackson attended North Carolina A&T State University, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in business management. He later attended the Chicago Theological Seminary, earning his master's degree in theology. He continued his education at the University of Illinois College of Law, earning his J.D. in 1993.

In 1995, he won election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently, Jackson sits on the House Appropriations Committee and on the subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Jackson has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from the Chicago Theological Seminary, North Carolina A&T State University and Governors State University. Jackson was reelected in 2000, with a ninety to ten margin, and then won again in 2004. Jackson is known for his liberal agenda and his broad appeal.

Outside of his political career Jackson has coauthored numerous books including It's About the Money: How You Can Get Out of Debt, Build Wealth, and Achieve Your Financial Dreams and Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America’s Future. Jackson has also worked as national field director for the Rainbow Coalition.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. talks about his childhood as the son of Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. shares his family's history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. discusses the southern United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. recalls life in the Jackson household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. discusses his experience at Le Mans Academy military school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. describes his experience at St. Alban's School, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. reflects on Operation Breadbasket and Operation PUSH
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. discusses the naming of his newborn baby
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. describes America's history in three phases
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. considers the legacy of Operation PUSH
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. discusses the origins of the Saturday morning Operation Breadbasket/Operation PUSH tradition
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. considers the broad impact of Operation PUSH and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. explains his decision to attend North Carolina A&T, a historically black university
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. describes his experience at Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. discusses his deep admiration for and love for his wife Sandy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. describes his life after finishing law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. explains his decision to run for Congress
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. details his campaign strategy for U.S. Congress
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. remembers the night he was elected to U.S. Congress
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. contemplates the pros and cons of being a U.S. Congressman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. considers his plans for the future
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. reflects on the historical impact of his work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. lists present and future critical issues for African Americans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jesse Jackson, Jr. discusses his achievements