It was during this time that he also met Jacqueline Lavinia Brown, whom he married in 1962. But Jackson's tenure with the SCLC was not entirely smooth.While King, at first, was enamored with the brashness of the young leader, not everyone in the organization felt the same way.
His parents, Helen Burns, a high school student at the time of her son's birth, and Noah Robinson, a 33-year-old married man who was her neighbor, never married.Many felt that Jackson acted too independently, and eventually King came to tire of him as well.Just five days before his assassination, King stormed out of a meeting after Jackson had repeatedly interrupted him.A year after Jesse's birth, his mother married Charles Henry Jackson, a post office maintenance worker, who later adopted Jesse.In the small, black-and-white divided town of Greenville, a young Jackson learned early what segregation looked like.He visited South Africa in 1979 and spoke out against the country's apartheid policies, and later traveled to the Middle East to throw his support behind the creation of a Palestinian state. Jackson placed third in the Democratic primary voting and garnered a total of 3.5 million votes, surpassing Chisholm's ballot success.He also got behind democratic efforts in the small island nation of Haiti. But the campaign also sparked some controversy when, in a January 1984 interview with a reporter, Jackson referred to Jews as "Hymies" and to New York City as "Hymietown." Protests erupted, and Jackson apologized for the remarks one month later. presidency again, he continued to be a force on the political stage, pushing for African-American rights and serving as a featured speaker at Democratic conventions.The same year Jackson left the SCLC, he founded Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity).Jackson created the organization, based in Chicago, in order to advocate black self-help and in a sense let it serve as his political pulpit.In 1984, Jackson established the National Rainbow Coalition, whose mission was to establish equal rights for African Americans, women and homosexuals.The two organizations merged in 1996 to form the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.