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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold
Favorite Food:
Potatoes (Mashed)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Excellent.

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1950
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold
Favorite Food:
Potatoes (Mashed)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Excellent.

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1950
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Phillip Jackson was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 22, 1950. After graduating from DuSable High School, Jackson attended Roosevelt University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1974. From there, Jackson attended National Louis University, earning a certificate in education.

Following his graduation, Jackson went to work for Chicago publishers Kroch’s and Bretano’s; he remained there until 1997, serving as senior vice president of the organization. During his time at Kroch’s and Bretano’s, Jackson began his involvement in the greater Chicago community. In 1994, Jackson joined the Chicago Office of Management and Budget, where he was in charge of human services working under Paul Vallas. The next year, Gerry Chico and Mayor Richard M. Daley brought Jackson on board with the Chicago Public Schools, where he was the director of intergovernmental affairs. In 1999, Jackson became the CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority. During his career, Jackson has also served as CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and the chief of education for the Chicago Public Schools.

Jackson managed the Black Star Project, which he also founded. The Black Star Project is an organization designed to help young students achieve all of their educational potential, and to get parents and educators more involved in their students' lives. Eventually Jackson's involvement in local politics and strong support from the community led to his seeking statewide office; in 2008 he ran for the position of State Representative of the 26th District of Illinois, but was defeated.

Jackson has received numerous awards, including the Chicago Cares Power of One Leadership Award, and the 2003-2004 Illinois Fatherhood Initiative’s Father of the Year.

Jackson passed away on November 4, 2018.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Phillip Jackson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Phillip Jackson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Phillip Jackson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Phillip Jackson talks about his maternal family's move from Georgia to Chicago, Illinois within the context of The Great Migration
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Phillip Jackson talks about his mother's mental illness
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Phillip Jackson recalls his maternal grandparents' stories of life in Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Phillip Jackson describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Phillip Jackson talks about the origin of his maternal family's name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Phillip Jackson talks about his paternal uncle John H. Jackson, also known in Chicago, Illinois as Button Man or Mr. Right
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Philip Jackson describes his paternal family's migration from Fruitland, Maryland to LaGrange, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Phillip Jackson recalls how his parents met and moving to 43rd Street and Wentworth Avenue in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Phillip Jackson talks about moving into the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago, Illinois in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Phillip Jackson talks about the government mismanagement of public housing in Chicago, Illinois and other cities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Phillip Jackson describes welfare policies that led to the destruction of the black family and development of a project mentality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Phillip Jackson recalls his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Phillip Jackson describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up on 43rd Street in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Phillip Jackson describes his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Phillip Jackson talks about circumstances that led him to fail 2nd grade at Hendricks Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Phillip Jackson explains how his academic performance improved in the 5th grade
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Phillip Jackson recalls the decision to go live with his father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Phillip Jackson talks about attending school in the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Phillip Jackson recalls being physically harmed on a daily basis while a student at DuSable Upper Grade Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Phillip Jackson recalls the rise of gang culture in the African American community in Chicago, Illinois in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Phillip Jackson reflects upon the lack of social services in the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Phillip Jackson talks about transferring from DuSable High School to Hirsch Metropolitan High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Phillip Jackson recalls the changing demographics of Chicago, Illinois' South Side in the mid-1960s and moving to Auburn Gresham
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Phillip Jackson describes his experiences in various churches during his childhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Phillip Jackson talks about his musical interests and being a party promoter in Chicago, Illinois in the late 1960s and early 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Phillip Jackson describes his high school style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Phillip Jackson describes his experiences at Hirsch Metropolitan High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Phillip Jackson talks about dropping out of the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Phillip Jackson explains his motivation for completing his undergraduate degree
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Phillip Jackson recalls his mentors and influences during his undergraduate education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Phillip Jackson explains how Marcus Garvey was different from other black leaders, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Phillip Jackson explains how Marcus Garvey was different from other black leaders, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Phillip Jackson describes his career and mentor at Kroch's and Brentano's in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Phillip Jackson recalls the class action lawsuit he filed against his employer, Kroch's and Brentano's
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Phillip Jackson talks about developing a plan to keep Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, Illinois open, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Phillip Jackson talks about developing a plan to keep Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, Illinois open, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Phillip Jackson recalls his interactions with Chicago, Illinois Mayor Harold Washington and entering Chicago city government
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Phillip Jackson describes his experience working for Paul Vallas in the City of Chicago Office of Budget and Management
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Phillip Jackson lists his appointments within Chicago, Illinois Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Phillip Jackson talks about being appointed CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority and his goals for the agency
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Phillip Jackson explains the Chicago Housing Authority Plan for Transformation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Phillip Jackson explains the Chicago Housing Authority Plan for Transformation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Phillip Jackson talks about transitioning out of Chicago, Illinois city government and eventually starting the Black Star Project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Phillip Jackson explains how he patterns the Black Star Project after the teachings of Marcus Garvey, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Phillip Jackson explains how he patterns the Black Star Project after the teachings of Marcus Garvey, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Phillip Jackson explains the philosophy of the Black Star Project, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Phillip Jackson explains the philosophy of the Black Star Project, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Phillip Jackson explains the Black Star Project's emphasis on parental involvement as the key to educational achievement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Phillip Jackson reflects upon the impact of parental engagement on a student's academic achievement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Phillip Jackson reflects upon the metrics of success for the Black Star Project
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Phillip Jackson talks about the membership and programming of the Black Star Project
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Phillip Jackson talks about the organizational structure and funding of the Black Star Project