Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson wearing a dark suit and tie.

Jesse Jackson speaking during an interview in July 1, 1983. Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs Division.

(1941-) Born in Greenville, SC, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is a political activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997.