Rev. Jesse Jackson to retire from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition

CHICAGO — Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., the Civil Rights icon and former presidential candidate, is stepping down as president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, according to his son, Rep. Jonathan Jackson.

The senior Jackson will announce his retirement at the annual Rainbow PUSH convention in Chicago on Sunday. Vice President Kamala Harris will the keynote for the event. And a successor to Jackson is also expected to be announced.

“He’s had physical challenges, but he never stopped fighting. He’s been fighting for Civil Rights since 1961,” said the member of Congress, who also worked for the nonprofit Rainbow PUSH. The senior Jackson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2017.

“He didn’t give up when there were forces against the Voting Rights Act, or forces against the Equal Rights Amendment or addressing priorities at home or peace abroad,” said the younger Jackson of his father. Rev. Jackson, who founded the organization in 1996 to pursue social justice and civil rights issues.

Over the years, Rev. Jackson has led protests to desegregate

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