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Jackson Legacy Foundation envisions a just and compassionate world where all people are guaranteed human rights, civil rights, social, and economic justice, and gender equality.

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Jackson Legacy Foundation supports organizations that:

  1. Fight for equitable access to education, arts, and athletics.
  2. Promote racial, social, and gender equality.
  3. Nurture young people who demonstrate the fortitude to advance themselves, their community and justice and compassion in the world.

About us

The work of Jackson Legacy Foundation is rooted in the values of personal fortitude, compassion, social justice, and empowerment of education to fulfill one’s personal journey.

Jackson Legacy Foundation was established in 1988 by Reverend Jesse and Jacqueline Jackson as a grant-making organization to support the efforts of organizations and individuals who represent the life and values of Jacqueline 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 Reverend Jesse and Jacqueline 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.

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our leadership

The Jackson Legacy Foundation’s work is led by our Board of Directors.

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Jacqueline Jackson

Mrs. Jackson is an activist, author, civil rights icon, and public servant. She is the proud wife of Reverend Jesse Jackson and mother of the couple’s five children: Santita, Jesse Jr., Jonathan, Yusef, and Jacqueline.

Inspired by the personal perseverance and success of her mother, Gertrude Brown, and in partnership with her husband and children, Mrs. Jackson founded the Jackson Legacy Foundation. Mrs. Jackson sets direction and vision for the Jackson Legacy Foundation with the guiding support of the Jackson children. For more than five decades, Mrs. Jackson and her family have worked tirelessly to promote the Foundation’s core values: educational empowerment, racial, social, and gender equality, and the advancement of justice and compassion in the world.

Mrs. Jackson is a champion for women’s equality and an advocate for strong family bonds and relationships.

She received her degree from North Carolina A&T, where she met Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Board Members

Jacqueline Jackson

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.

Santita Jackson

Yusef Jackson

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