Jackson Legacy Foundation was established in 1988 by Reverend Jesse and
Jaqueline Jackson as a grant-making organization to support the efforts of
organizations and individuals who represent the life and values of Jaqueline
Jackson’s mother, Gertrude Brown. Born into poverty, Gertrude Brown became an
unwed mother at 16. In spite of these challenges, Ms. Brown remained committed to
self-improvement and education. After putting her own five children through college,
at age 51, she determinedly and successfully earned a degree from Hampton College
and later a Master’s degree from Norfolk State University.
The foundation evolved to also reflect the lives and accomplishments of of Reverend Jesse and Jaqueline Jackson. Reverend Jackson is a renowned civil rights activist, Baptist minister and was a candidate for the U.S. Presidency. Reverend Jackson’s domestic impact has led to meaningful change, including the disciplined use of dollars to encourage a more open business community. His impact extends across the globe through his successful diplomatic efforts to secure release of American prisoners, ensure fair elections abroad, promote peace through cross-cultural communication and the advancement of human dignity.
The Jackson Foundation’s work is rooted in the values of personal fortitude, compassion, social justice, and the empowerment of education to fulfill one’s personal journey.
Investment in individuals and
organizations that provide access
and remove barriers to academic
education as well as education
through the arts and athletics for
those in need.
(PreK- Higher ED, in and after school)
Investment in organizations that combat the barriers of discrimination and promote human and civil rights for all people.
Grants that are longstanding and personal to the Jackson Family and/ or further preserve assets that sustain the Jackson legacy. Such legacy values include nurturing leadership, compassionate treatment of the poor and supporting demonstrated personal fortitude.
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