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Civil Rights giant Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., whose connection to the fight for equality extends all the way back to the early 1960’s and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has admitted that he has been diagnosed with the major medical malady known as Parkinson’s disease. Jackson, 76, said the diagnosis came after he began finding…

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A host of politicians, business executives, influencers and dignitaries descended upon the Hyatt Regency hotel for the 26th annual PUSH Excel Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. The annual breakfast is an opportunity for PUSH Excel staff to share their annual program agenda, as well as award young scholars and change agents who they…

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Photos by Melanie L. Brown Activists in Chicago joined forces downtown on the Magnificent Mile to shutdown holiday spending in protest of the alleged murder of Laquan McDonald. He was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer. It took one year for the officer to be prosecuted. At the protest chants such as “No profit, no peace”, “16…

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Helen Burns Jackson, the mother of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, died Monday morning at Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina. She was 91. Helen Jackson had been under hospice care for a few weeks, with her son by her side. Rev. Jackson spoke with WYFF News 4 last week and said, “Mom is…

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Since 1975, Rev. Jesse Jackson’s PUSH Excel has promoted academic excellence by working with large corporations to create opportunities, transform the lives of students and improve communities. The program has received U.S. Department of Education recognition for inspiring minority students to move beyond their circumstances of poverty, violence, and inadequate resources to achieve excellence through education and…

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If you’ve been following the growing #blacklivesmatter protest movement over the last couple of months, you may have noticed that the publicly celebrated (and often ridiculed) civil rights era leaders (ie. Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton) have been getting the extreme cold shoulder from at least a few of the millennial generation leadership that’s on the…

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Google is being held to task. Rev. Jesse Jackson recently launched a campaign to diversify Silicon Valley by leading delegations to annual shareholder meetings at firms including Google, Facebook, eBay Inc. and Hewlett-Packard about bringing black and Hispanics into their work force and leadership.  The results are appalling, but not shocking. Google suffers from a bell hooks-described…

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Editor’s note: The following op-ed has not been edited and the opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. Our people tend to rally behind charismatic leaders, exalting them with our moral and financial support. African-Americans have supported leaders promising to get us to the “Promised Land” but they themselves are usually the only one…

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Rev. Jesse Jackson (at podium), Arthur M. Brazier (seated, 2nd to the left). “When I came to Chicago in 1964, Saul Alinsky was organizing the Woodlawn community, to stop the encroachment of the University and taking people’s property. Bishop Brazier was leading that fight and I was working the next year as an organizer for…

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