CHICAGO—Civil rights leader, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, announced his plans to step down as president of the Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the international human and civil rights organization that he founded. Jackson made the announcement on July 8, stating, “I’m going to make a transition pretty soon.”

During his address, Jackson expressed his lengthy commitment to the cause, saying, “I’ve been doing this stuff for 64 years. I was 18 years old.” The audience responded with applause as he continued, “I’m going to get a new president for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.”

Reflecting on Jackson’s contributions, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson praised him as an influential figure in shaping the city’s soul. Mayor Johnson stated, “The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson is an architect of the soul of Chicago. Through decades of service, he has led the Rainbow PUSH Coalition at the forefront of the struggle for civil rights and social justice. His faith, his perseverance, his love, and his relentless dedication to people inspire all of us to keep pushing for a better tomorrow.”


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