Santita Jackson

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Santita Jackson is an American singer and political commentator from Chicago, Illinois. As a singer, Jackson toured with Roberta Flack and performed the National Anthem at President Clinton's Second Inauguration. She now appears regularly on the Fox News Channel and is the host of a television show on The Word Network.[1][2]

Early Life and Education[edit]

Jackson was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1963.[3] She is the oldest daughter of Jacqueline Lavinia Brown Jackson and civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson. Jackson was raised in Chicago along with her siblings Jesse, Jr., Jonathan, Yusef, and Jacqueline.[4]

Jackson attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, where she was a National Merit Scholar. While interviewing for admission to Harvard University, Jackson was criticized by two alumni for her father’s political views. Though ultimately accepted to Harvard, she said of the school, “I didn’t feel it was the proper environment after that interview.”[5]Jackson subsequently attended Howard University on a full merit scholarship. Following her time at Howard, Jackson worked as an aide to Illinois congressman Gus Savage.[6][7]

Musical Career[edit]

Shortly after college, Jackson moved to New York to pursue a career in music.[8] She spent over five years touring as a backup singer for Roberta Flack, and later performed with the Opera Ebony company.[9]

In 1996, Jackson was asked by the family of Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown to perform at his funeral alongside Wynton Marsalis and the Howard University Chorale.[10] The following year, Jackson performed the National Anthem at Bill Clinton’s second Presidential Inauguration.[11]

In 2009, Jackson released her first recording project, “Put Your Arms Around the World,” a collaboration with songwriter Janice Kapp Perry, vocalist Chris Willis, and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.[12][13]

Political Commentary[edit]

Television and Radio[edit]

In April 2012, Jackson began working as a political commentator on the Fox News Channel.[14] She also hosts her own television show on The Word Network.[15] Earlier, Jackson produced her father's show “Upfront with Jesse Jackson” on The Word Network.[16]

Santita Jackson is the writer, co-host, and executive producer of the nationally syndicated radio show “Keep Hope Alive with Rev. Jesse Jackson.”[17] She previously hosted “The Santita Jackson Show” on Chicago’s WVON1690 AM.[18]

Other Media[edit]

Jackson is a founding contributor at The Grio, an MSNBC website dedicated to African American news and opinion.[19][20]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Santita Jackson." Fox News. FOX News Network, 2012. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/personalities/santita-jackson/bio/#s=h-l
  2. ^ http://www.thewordnetwork.org/programs/santita-jackson/2012-12-30
  3. ^ Frady, Marshall. "The Long Circle Home." Jesse: The Life and Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson. New York: Random House, 1996. pg.152
  4. ^ Sipchen, Bob, and Gary Abrams. "The Elusive Jackie Jackson: Articulate and Charismatic, She Balances Keeping Her Identity and Living in His Shadow." Los Angeles Times 18 May 1988: n. pag. Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. Web. 24 Jan. 2013.http://articles.latimes.com/1988-05-18/news/vw-2904_1_jesse-jackson/4
  5. ^ Myra MacPherson Washington Post,Staff Writer. "The Power of the Children." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 2. Jul 22 1988. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1996). Web. 3 Feb. 2013 . http://search.proquest.com/docview/139573619?accountid=14657 (subscription required)
  6. ^ Myra MacPherson Washington Post,Staff Writer. "The Power of the Children." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 2. Jul 22 1988. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1996). Web. 3 Feb. 2013 . http://search.proquest.com/docview/139573619?accountid=14657 (subscription required)
  7. ^ Eastman, Dale. "The Rise of Jesse Jackson Jr. and the First Family of Black America."Chicago Magazine May 1996: n. pag. Chicago Magazine. Chicago Tribune. Web. 24 Jan. 2013. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-1996/The-Rise-of-Jesse-Jackson-Jr-and-the-First-Family-of-Black-America/
  8. ^ Eastman, Dale. "The Rise of Jesse Jackson Jr. and the First Family of Black America."Chicago Magazine May 1996: n. pag. Chicago Magazine. Chicago Tribune. Web. 24 Jan. 2013.http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-1996/The-Rise-of-Jesse-Jackson-Jr-and-the-First-Family-of-Black-America/
  9. ^ "LUNCHEON SPEAKER." The Buffalo News 10 Feb. 2000: NewsBank - Archives. Web. 3 Feb. 2013.
  10. ^ Haywood, Richette L. "Ron Brown Eulogized and Buried with Honors." Jet 29 Apr. 1996: 12-18. http://books.google.com/booksid=WDkDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA14&dq=santita+jackson&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EUXFUKDmM4zHqAHx3oDgAw&ved=0CEUQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=santita%20jackson&f=false
  11. ^ "President Clinton 1997 Inaugural Ceremony." White House Events. C-Span. Washington, DC, 20 Jan. 1997. C-SPAN Video Library. C-SPAN. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/77158-1
  12. ^ http://www.ldsmusicnow.com/album/342/Janice-Kapp-Perry/Put-Your-Arms-Around-the-World/
  13. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Put-Your-Arms-Around-World/dp/B001U97FMQ
  14. ^ "Santita Jackson." Fox News. FOX News Network, 2012. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/personalities/santita-jackson/bio/#s=h-l
  15. ^ "Programs: Santita Jackson." The Word Network. The Word Network, 2013. Web. 03 Feb. 2013. http://www.thewordnetwork.org/programs/P8
  16. ^ "Santita Jackson." Fox News. FOX News Network, 2012. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/personalities/santita-jackson/bio/#s=h-l
  17. ^ "Santita Jackson." Fox News. FOX News Network, 2012. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/personalities/santita-jackson/bio/#s=h-l
  18. ^ "The Santita Jackson Show." WVON 1690 AM - The Talk of Chicago. Midway Broadcasting Company, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. http://wvon.com/personalities/santita-jackson-show.html
  19. ^ "Santita Jackson." Fox News. FOX News Network, 2012. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/personalities/santita-jackson/bio/#s=h-l
  20. ^ Jackson, Santita. "The Truth About Black Fathers." TheGrio. NBC Universal, 20 June 2009. Web. 03 Feb. 2013. http://thegrio.com/2009/06/20/the-truth-about-black-fathers/