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Ruled out 2000 presidential bid on March 24, 1999 in a statement posted on the Rainbow/Push Coalition website and on Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s website, as well as in an appearance at the LaSalle Street Project luncheon in Chicago. 


Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., Democrat, of Chicago.
Current Founder and President of the Rainbow/Push Coalition.
Special Envoy for the President and the Secretary of State for the promotion of democracy in Africa--appointed to the uncompensated post as a special government employee in October 1997.
Host of "Both Sides with Jesse Jackson," which airs weekly on CNN.
Career In 1996, following election of his son Jesse Jr. to Congress, Jackson moved his base of operations back to Chicago, merging the National Rainbow Coalition and Operation PUSH.
In 1990 was elected "Statehood Senator" in Washington, DC.
Active in international affairs--secured release of Navy Lt. Robert Goodman from Syria in 1984, as well as release of Cubans in 1987; brought hostages out of Kuwait and Iraq in 1990. 
Candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988, won about 7 million votes, finishing first or second in 46 out of 54 contests.
Founded the National Rainbow Coalition, a national social justice organization, in 1986.
Candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, won 3.5 million votes.
Founded Operation PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity) in Chicago on December 25, 1971.
Organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference under Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; national director of SCLC Operation Breadbasket.
Activities Author of three books: Legal Lynching (Marlowe & Co., 1996), Keep Hope Alive (South End Press, 1989) and Straight from the Heart (Fortress Press, 1987).
Education Attended the University of Illinois from 1960-61 on a football scholarship, then transferred to North Carolina A&T State University; graduated with a B.A. in Sociology, 1964.  Attended the Chicago Theological Seminary until joining the civil rights movement full time in 1966.
Family Married Jacqueline Lavinia Brown in 1963.  Five children: Santita, Jesse Jr, Jonathan, Yusef and Jacqueline.
Age 57 years old.  Born October 8, 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina. 

Marc Cooper.  "Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Jesse Jackson's Journey to 2000."  The Nation, August 24, 1998. >

PBS Frontline's "The Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson"--airdate May 30, 1996. >