Jesse Jackson: Civil Rights Leader And Politician (Black by Robert Jakoubek, Nathan I. Huggins

By Robert Jakoubek, Nathan I. Huggins

Examines the lifestyles and political profession of Jesse Jackson.

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On the same night during one football season, Dietz kicked the extra point in a 7–6 win, while, at Sterling’s Sirrine Stadium, Jackson had switched to halfback and scored all three of his team’s touchdowns. The next day’s paper headlined Dietz’s heroic extra point. “Way down at the bottom of the 25 JESSE JACKSON 26 page,” Jesse remembered: “‘Jackson makes three touchdowns. ” In the spring of 1959, a group of major league baseball scouts arrived in Greenville and invited the local talent to a tryout camp.

In 1961, she was studying psychology and sociology. Davis let no one wonder where she stood politically. Highly intelligent and intensely committed to the civil rights movement, she participated in demonstrations and was known on campus as a fiery champion of left-wing causes. She was also known as a beauty. An inch over five feet tall with a stunning figure, she possessed an air of absolute confidence. Jackson found himself smitten. As he and Davis began seeing more of one another, what started as discussions of politics and world affairs turned to intimacy and laughter.

With the federal government stepping in to register and protect previously disenfranchised Southern blacks, the last pillar of legal segregation had fallen. OPENING THE NORTHERN FRONT What now most troubled King was the plight of Northern blacks. They had long had equality before the law, but all too often, they endured lives of crime, illness, and poverty in dilapidated inner-city slums. King meant to do something about it by bringing the SCLC north. He chose to begin in Chicago, Jackson’s new hometown.

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