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In his 19 presidential campaigns, Jackson won 16 state contests and millions of votes, making him the first viable African-American candidate for president.Jesse Louis Burns was born October 8, 1941, in Greensville, South Carolina.

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He rose to prominence working within Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and was at the Memphis hotel with King when he was assassinated.

Jackson was also the host of Both Sides with Jesse Jackson on CNN from 1992 to 2000.

Following his second semester at the predominantly white University of Illinois, Jackson transferred to the North Carolina A&T, an historically black university located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Through PUSH, the organization he founded in 1971, Jackson pressed for broader employment opportunities for African-Americans.

During the 1980s and 1990s he negotiated the release of dozens of international hostages and prisoners.


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