Rev. Jesse Jackson has announced that he’s stepping down from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition after 52 years at the helm.
The 81-year old civil rights icon announced his resignation at the organization’s annual convention.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, Rev. Jesse Jackson will be succeeded by Dallas pastor Rev. Frederick Douglass Haynes III.
Rev. Jackson has experienced a number of significant health setbacks. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 8 years ago. Then in 2021, he was hospitalized with COVID.
Rev. Jackson has long been considered a protégé of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. His Rainbow PUSH foundation has been instrumental in getting corporate support for Black businesses, advocating for reparations, and fighting for criminal justice reform.
Former President Bill Clinton and VP Kamala Harris have both congratulated Rev. Jackson publicly on a job well done as he retires from Rainbow PUSH.