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Jacqueline Brown and Jesse Jackson Marriage Profile

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The long-lasting marriage of Jackie and Jesse Jackson has weathered infidelity and much time away from one another. Here is more information about the marriage of Jesse and Jackie Jackson.

Born:

Jesse Louis Burns aka Jesse Louis Jackson: October 8, 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Lavinia Brown: March 17, 1944.

How Jackie and Jesse Met:

Jackie and Jesse met during her freshman year of college.

Jackie on meeting Jesse: "I met him at A&T College in my freshman year. And how did I feel about him? He was, let's say, he was quite charming at that time. A little charming now after 32 years ... He looked at me and he said, 'Hey girl, I'm going to marry you' -- which totally offended me because at that time, I had no interest in being tied down with children and a family and a responsibility. And strangely enough, you know, he did that. He did marry me. It shocked me. It shocked me."
Source: "The Long Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson", PBS.org, 1995.

Jackie about their courtship: "When Jesse Jackson decided that he was serious about marrying me because, well, this was an exciting part of my life, most exciting part of my life, because he pursued me. And I feel so sorry for the young people today who are not pursued by one who cares ... And, I think it was twice a week, they would come under my window and they would sing these wonderful hit songs of that day. They would sing, 'Mr. Postman, look and see if there's a letter for me.' Just, all, Smokey Robinson songs, it was just wonderful."
Source: "The Long Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson", PBS.org

Wedding Date:

Jackie and Jesse were married on December 31, 1962 in Greenville, South Carolina, at his family's home. "She wore a gown she had made herself from eggshell-colored silk. Reverend D.S. Sample of Long Branch Baptist Church performed the service."
Source: Roger Bruns, Jesse Jackson: A Biography, 2005, page 21.

Children:

Jesse and Jackie have five children. Jesse has one child from a four-year affair.
  • Santita Jackson: Born in 1963.
  • Jesse Louis Jackson, Jr: Born in 1965. Jesse Jr, married to Sandi and the father of two children, is a U.S. Representative.
  • Jonathan Luther Jackson: Born in 1966.
  • Yusef DuBois Jackson, Esq: Born in 1970.
  • Jacqueline Lavinia Jackson, Jr: Born in 1975.
  • Ashley: Born in 1999. Her mother is Karin Stanford, 20 years younger than Jesse. Jesse and Karin met while she was an employee for his Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Jesse about Karin and Ashley: “I am father to a daughter who was born outside of my marriage. I love this child very much and have assumed responsibility for her emotional and financial support since she was born. This is no time for evasions, denials or alibis. I fully accept responsibility and am truly sorry for my actions.”
Source: Lowell Ponte, "Jesse, William, Martin & John", FrontPageMag.com, 1/24/2001.

Occupations:

Jesse: Civil Rights leader, Baptist minister, founder of National Rainbow Coalition, politician, actor, author, orator, columnist.

Quotes About the Marriage of Jackie and Jesse Jackson:

Jackie about what Jesse likes about her: "I believe he likes the way I think about things, my perspective because I have an uncanny way of kind of sorting things out and getting to the bottom of things. I think having five children helped me to do that."
Source: "The Long Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson", PBS.org, abt. 1995.

Jesse: "My wife, Jackie, and my children have been made aware of the child and it has been an extremely painful, trying and difficult time for them ..." Source: "Jesse Jackson Admits Affair, Illegitimate Child", ABCNews.go.com, 1/18/2001.

Marshall Frady, biographer, about their marriage: "It has been a turbulent alliance, that's for sure, but then, every real marriage is probably a universe unto itself, ungaugeable by comparison with any other ... She has endured. And incandescently."
Source: "The Long Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson", PBS.org, abt. 1996.

Jackie about why she married Jesse: "He insisted that I marry him. Why did I marry Jesse Jackson. I really like that guy. And when people ask me about him after all these years, 32 years, I still blush. You know, the thought makes me blush. He's a very exciting person and I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this exciting person."
Source: "The Long Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson", PBS.org, abt. 1995.

Jackie about Jesse: So, do I get tired of this man? Yes. Yes. And I'm certain the feeling is mutual. Yes. But we, as you've noticed, I like antiques and he's my favorite one."
Source: "The Long Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson", PBS.org, abt. 1995.

Tony Harnden: "Mrs Jackson once hinted that she accepted her husband's affairs, providing "nobody comes into my house or my bedroom". She said: "He is rarely home and I give him no ultimatum on when to return. Of course I know what happens out there, I'm no dummy." Marshall Frady, Mr Jackson's biographer, has said "rumours connected him to a galaxy of women".
Source: Toby Harnden, "Lover's baby is mine, says Jesse Jackson", Telegraph.co.uk, 6/19/2001.

Edward Barnes, George Howe Colt: "Jackie is her husband's opposite in virtually every way: He can be cool and aloof; she is open and friendly ... While her husband is on the road, Jackie minds the political home front, sitting on local boards, hosting churchwomen at her dining room table and talking to women's groups. But she sees her most important role as protector of her family, especially when it comes to the adultery issue. ''I don't believe in examining sheets,'' she says. ''That's a violation of privacy. If my husband has committed adultery, he better not tell me. And you better not go digging into it because I'm trying to raise a family and won't let you be the one to destroy my family.''
Source: Edward Barnes, George Howe Colt, "Jesse: A rare visit at home with a sudden presidential front-runner", Life, 7/1/1987.

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