Jesse Jackson
Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. (born October 8, 1941) is an African-American civil rights
Civil rights
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Activism consists of intentional efforts to bring about social, political, economic, or environmental change. Activism can take a wide range of forms from writing letters to newspapers or politicians, political campaigning, economic activism such as boycotts or preferentially patronizing...

 and Baptist
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Minister of religion
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. He was a candidate for the Democratic
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 presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as shadow senator
Shadow congressperson
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 for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He was the founder of both entities that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH
Rainbow/PUSH is a non-profit organization formed as a merger of two non-profit organizations — Operation PUSH and the National Rainbow Coalition — founded by Jesse Jackson. The organizations pursue social justice, civil rights and political activism.In December 1971, Jackson resigned from...

. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Jesse Louis Jackson, Jr. is the U.S. Representative for , serving since the special election in 1995. He is a member of the Democratic Party....

 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
Greenville, South Carolina
-Law and government:The city of Greenville adopted the Council-Manager form of municipal government in 1976.-History:The area was part of the Cherokee Nation's protected grounds after the Treaty of 1763, which ended the French and Indian War. No White man was allowed to enter, though some families...

, to Helen Burns Straggs, a 16-year-old single mother.

If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.

As quoted in Psychology Through the Eyes of Faith (1987) by David G. Myers and Malcolm A. Jeeves

We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.

As quoted in The Independent (9 June 1988)

If we launch a pre-emptive strike on Iraq we lose all moral authority,

As quoted in "Shades Of The Sixties", CBS News (26 October 2002)

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up