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North Carolina AT&T's Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson
North Carolina AT&T's Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson

North Carolina AT&T’s Rev. Jesse  Jackson, is a political activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He ran for president in 1984 and 1988, served as a shadow U.S. senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997, and founder of Operation Push, now Rainbow/PUSH.

Upon graduating from high school, he rejected a minor league baseball contract for a University of Illinois football scholarship. After his second semester at the predominantly white school, he transferred to North Carolina AT&T. Accounts of the reasons for the transfer differ, though Jackson has said that he changed schools because racial prejudice prevented him from playing quarterback and limited his participation on a competitive public-speaking team

At A&T, Jackson played quarterback and was elected student body president. He graduated in 1964 with a B.S. in sociology, then attended Chicago Theological Seminary. He dropped out in 1966, three classes short of earning his master’s degree, to focus full-time on the civil rights movement.

He was ordained as a minister in 1968 and was awarded a Master of Divinity Degree in 2000 based on his previous credits earned plus his life experience and subsequent work.

SOURCE: Jesse Jackson, (last visited June 23, 2022)

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