Jackson hits John Deere on diversity

CHICAGO, June 30 (UPI) -- John Deere and Co., the world's largest farm equipment manufacturer, is being challenged to create at least 20 minority-owned franchises by 2014.

Jesse Jackson fights felon voter purge

MIAMI, June 22 (UPI) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson has accused Florida Gov. Jeb Bush of conducting "disenfranchisement schemes" by asking counties to purge felons from voting rolls.

Anti-Bush group asks Nader to stand down

WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- Leaders of StopNader.com, an anti-Bush organization, Thursday asked liberal independent Ralph Nader to drop out of the 2004 presidential race.

Daley rolls dice in Chicago casino

CHICAGO, May 10 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said Monday the city will seek a land-based, city-owned gambling casino to ease the burden on city taxpayers.

A few thousand join Million Mom March

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- A few thousand women and a handful of men came to Washington Sunday for the second Million Mom March, urging President Bush to renew the federal ban on assault

Jackson on mission to free Iraqi hostages

ATHENS, May 6 (UPI) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his mission to negotiate the release of Americans held hostage in Iraq has been undermined by the maltreatment of Iraqi prisoners.

Indian casino proposed near Chicago

CHICAGO, May 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. unveiled a plan for Illinois' first land-based casino in Lynwood and said he would introduce federal legislation to get the land.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, May 2, the 123rd day of 2004 with 243 to follow.
By United Press International

Jackson wants to block payments to Chalabi

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- A congressman is threatening to block U.S. payments to the Iraqi National Congress until it is determined if the group used the money to lobby the U.S. government to invade Iraq.

Jesse Jackson debuts radio talk show

CHICAGO, March 31 (UPI) -- U.S. civil rights activist, the Rev. Jesse Jackson will host a radio show about cultural, political and religious issues, it was announced Wednesday.

Jesse Jackson's son bids for Chicago daily

CHICAGO, March 15 (UPI) -- Spokesmen for the Rev. Jesse Jackson had no comment Monday on a report one of Jackson's sons, Yusef, has made a bid to buy the Chicago Sun-Times.

Jesse Jackson seeks U.S. execution halt

SACRAMENTO, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The 11th-hour halt of Kevin Cooper's execution in California was followed Tuesday by a call for a nationwide moratorium on the death penalty.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2004 with 348 to follow.
By United Press International

Jesse Jackson Jr. Stomps for Dean

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is campaigning for Vermont Gov. Howard Dean in South Carolina, but it is unclear whether he can rally Southern black voters.

Open the airwaves

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Conservatives flooded Capitol Hill with close to 50,000 e-mails and letters this past month in an attempt to stop Congress from muzzling conservative talk show
RICHARD LESSNER, A UPI Outside View commentary
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Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson listens to speakers during the NAACP's centennial convention held on July 15, 2009 in New York City. The NAACP has been holding a week-long gathering which features numerous speakers and workshops. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. (born October 8, 1941) is an African-American 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. In an AP-AOL "Black Voices" poll in February 2006, Jackson was voted "the most important black leader".

Jackson was born Jesse Louis Burns in Greenville, South Carolina, to Helen Burns Straggs, a 16-year-old single mother. His biological father, Noah Louis Robinson, a former professional boxer and a prominent figure in the community, was married to another woman when Jesse was born. He was not involved in his son's life, and died January 28, 1997 in Greenville, S.C. In 1943, two years after Jesse's birth, his mother married Charles Henry Jackson, who would adopt Jesse 14 years later. Jesse went on to take the surname of his stepfather.

Jackson attended Sterling High School, a segregated high school in Greenville, where he was a student-athlete. Upon graduating in 1959, he rejected a contract from a professional baseball team so that he could attend the racially integrated University of Illinois on a football scholarship. One year later, Jackson transferred to North Carolina A&T located in Greensboro, North Carolina. There are differing accounts for the reasons behind this transfer. Jackson claims that the change was based on the school's racial biases which included his being unable to play as a quarterback despite being a star quarterback at his high school. ESPN.com suggests that claims of racial discrimination on the football team may be exaggerated because Illinois's starting quarterback that year was an African American, although it does not mention factors besides the quarterback's race which may have contributed to this perception (such as team dynamics or interpersonal interactions with other players on the team). Jackson also mentions being demoted by his speech professor as an alternate in a public-speaking competition team despite the support of his teammates who elected him a place on the team for his superior abilities. Jackson left Illinois at the end of his second semester after being placed on academic probation.

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