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Reverend Constance Jackson

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
City Commissioner
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Lucerne, Switzerland
Favorite Quote:
Don't Follow My Footsteps. Make Your Own Tracks.

Birthplace

Born:
9/9/1960
Birth Location:
Wharton, Texas

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
City Commissioner
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Lucerne, Switzerland
Favorite Quote:
Don't Follow My Footsteps. Make Your Own Tracks.

Birthplace

Born:
9/9/1960
Birth Location:
Wharton
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Biography

Ordained minister and former City Commissioner for District One of Texas City, Texas Constance Jenell Jackson was born on September 9, 1960 in Wharton, Texas. Jackson comes from a family filled with ministers. Her paternal great-great grandfather, maternal great grandfather, grandfather, and uncle were all ministers. She is one of five children by the late Lewis B. Jackson, Sr., an educator and football coach, and Sweetie Beatrice Crawford Jackson, a retired mental health administrator. Jackson grew up in Pledger, Texas and attended Newgulf Elementary School, Iago Junior High, and graduated from Boling High School in 1979. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a B.A. degree in government.

During Jackson’s first semester at the University of Texas at Austin, she majored in pharmacy, but in her second semester, she changed her major to government when she discovered that Barbara Jordan was teaching at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She would subsequently secure an internship at the LBJ School, where she would be mentored by the late congresswoman. During Jackson’s childhood, Barbara Jordan’s uncle served as pastor of her church. After college and with her government degree, Jackson became involved in politics. In 1983, Jackson served as Texas Democratic Party’s assistant primary director and also served as fund-raising executive for Texas Commissioner Garry Mauro. In 1984, Jackson became Capitol Administrator to Texas State Senator Chet Brooks at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. In 1990, Jackson was promoted to District Administrator by Brooks to oversee his Harris and Galveston County district offices. Jackson worked for Senator Brooks for ten years in these capacities. In 1992, Jackson won a citywide election and became City Commissioner for District One of Texas City, Texas, making her the first African American woman ever elected to a city council position in the entire history of Galveston County.

In addition to her work as city commissioner of District One, Jackson served on the board of the Galveston County American Red Cross and started and supervised the Legislative Internship Program under the auspices of State Senator Chet Brooks.

In 1995, Jackson was involved in a nearly fatal car accident that changed the course of her life. In 1996, she was called to the ministry and in 2001 began her seminary matriculation at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

She served five terms as city commissioner and, in 2002, she retired from this position and became a full-time minister.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Constance Jackson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes her mother's life in Cuero, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes her father's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Constance Jackson recounts how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls how music influenced her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes the African American community of Pledger, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls lessons from her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes her personality as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes pastimes from her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls Newgulf Elementary School in Newgulf, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes Iago Junior High School in Iago, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls Boling High School in Boling, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes high school football in Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls her baptism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Constance Jackson talks about her childhood church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls admiring Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls a lesson from Barbara Jordan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls a lesson from Barbara Jordan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Constance Jackson talks about moral leadership in the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes Barbara Jordan's personality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes the expectations for female public figures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes Garry Mauro's campaign for Texas land commissioner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls being hired by Texas State Senator Chet Brooks, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls being hired by Texas State Senator Chet Brooks, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls campaigning for Chet Brooks in 1990, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls campaigning for Chet Brooks in 1990, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Constance Jackson remembers Wayne Johnson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls opening a district office in Texas City, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes her move to Texas City, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes her decision to run for office
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes running for Texas City commissioner
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls her work as Texas City commissioner
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes challenges she faced as Texas City commissioner
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls founding the Carver Park Juneteenth celebration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls how the Carver Park Juneteenth celebration grew
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes remodeling Carver Park's softball fields
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Constance Jackson explains why she retired from her commissionership
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Constance Jackson remembers being called to ministry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes the importance of seminary education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Constance Jackson talks about practicing Christianity today
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Constance Jackson's interview, session two
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes her first year in seminary
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Reverend Constance Jackson talks about seminary education
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Reverend Constance Jackson talks about black theology
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Reverend Constance Jackson recalls teachers who influenced her at the Interdenominational Theological Center
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Reverend Constance Jackson talks about the challenges of preaching
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Reverend Constance Jackson reflects upon changes in African Americans' faith
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes challenges she encounters in her church
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Reverend Constance Jackson reflects upon the black presence in the Bible, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Reverend Constance Jackson reflects upon the black presence in the Bible, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Reverend Constance Jackson talks about black spirituality beyond Christianity
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes the influence of African culture on Christianity, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes the influence of African culture on Christianity, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Reverend Constance Jackson explains the importance of practice over symbolism in religion
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes her current work
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes the role of women in the African American church
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Reverend Constance Jackson talks about her mission trip to Lesotho, Africa
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Reverend Constance Jackson reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Reverend Constance Jackson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Reverend Constance Jackson talks about her family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes the importance of role models
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Reverend Constance Jackson talks about megachurches
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Reverend Constance Jackson describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Reverend Constance Jackson narrates her photographs