Rev. Jesse Jackson, pastor of the East 6th Street Christian Church in Oklahoma City, gives the keynote address at the 2017 OKC NAACP Freedom Banquet on Oct. 28, 2017. The event was held at the Hilton Embassy Suites Downtown Oklahoma City. It was the 104th Annual Freedom Banquet for the organization. See below for bio of Rev. Jackson.
Rev. Jackson’s introduction, by T. Sheri Dickerson, president of Black Lives Matter Oklahoma:
Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr. is the proud pastor of the historic East Sixth Street Christian Church in Oklahoma City. His entire tenure as pastor has placed him in the fight for social justice, whether in Palestine dealing with the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, even meeting with Palestinian President Yassar Arafat. Or the desert of Arizona and Mexico, fighting for the rights of undocumented migrant workers, in Ghana West Africa, fighting for economic and educational justice, or right here in this zip code fighting imminent domain and zoning issues that adversely affect this community. He is the immediate past president of the nearly 500 congregations of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
Here at home, he is Chair of the Oklahoma County Democratic Party and on the executive committee of Black Lives Matter Oklahoma. Following the unrest in Baltimore, he was the principle organizer and convener of Occupy the Corners OKC. This was an effort to get people to dialog with one another instead of resorting to gun violence in northeast Oklahoma City. He is also the founding president of the National Action Network of Oklahoma City and Southcentral Oklahoma. He was with Rev. Al Sharpton and other leaders and celebrities in Selma, AL for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”, and the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge (which led to the Voting Rights Act being passed). Rev. Jackson has preached all over this nation and is a highly sought out speaker and workshop leader.
He’s been honored for his advocacy by several groups including his alma matter Phillips Theological Seminary with the “Frank H. Marshall Award for Ministerial Excellence”; his beloved Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., with its “Community Social Action Award” and most recently by the Oklahoma Council of Churches with its prestigious “Advocacy Award”.
Rev. Jackson is a native of Jackson, MS and a graduate of Murray St. University in Kentucky. While there, he worked to start a campus chapter of the NAACP. He has been married since 1990 to his love, Carmen Wilson, and they are the parents of two children and three grandchildren.