Helen Burns Jackson

  • Died: September 7, 2015
  • Location: Greenville, South Carolina

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Helen Burns Jackson, the mother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights activist, has died at 92.

The mother of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Helen Burns Jackson, the mother of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, has died. She was 92.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson told The Associated Press his mother died Monday morning in her longtime hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. She had been in failing health for some time, he said.
"She was an incredible woman blessed with a long life," Jackson said.
Jackson described his mother as a talented musician, active member of her church and big inspiration for much of his community activism. Born in 1923, Helen Burns Jackson "lived under very trying circumstances, but she was so determined to make a contribution," her son said.
Jackson said his mother had two scholarships to attend college, but when she became pregnant with him, she chose not to go. She later became a cosmetologist.
"She helped a lot of people," Jackson told The Greenville News (http://grnol.co/1UxbwS6 ) a few days before she died. "That's mostly what I remember about Mother is some people would call and say 'I need my hair to be dressed, but I don't have any money.' She would say, 'Come on anyhow.'"
Jackson also recalled how his mother would help others who couldn't read or write fill out government paperwork.
One year when they were too poor to buy Christmas gifts, he said, they came home from a pageant to find six bags of groceries on the porch. They learned later the groceries came from an illiterate World War I veteran whom Burns Jackson had once helped.
Years later, Burns Jackson watched her son rise to fame as an activist, primarily from her South Carolina home. However, she appeared onstage when he addressed the Democratic National Convention in 1988. He lost the nomination that year to Michael Dukakis.
Another son, Chuck Jackson, is a singer and songwriter.
Burns Jackson also listened to her son's radio broadcasts from Chicago and never missed a TV appearance, Jackson told the newspaper.
"She took lots of joy in that," he said. "She always asked, 'Lord, what have I done to deserve this? What have I done to deserve this?'"


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To the Jackson family we send our deepest sympathies. The God of comfort knows death is a great blow to mankind. But he loved us so much he provided lovingly through the ransom of his son, Jesus so that we will not just live again but live forever under His kingdom that we pray for. The promises are recorded at Revelation 21:3,4 , "And the tent of God will be with mankind and they will be his people. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and DEATH WILL BE NO MORE, neither will mourning, nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things has passed away." What a beautiful garantee from our loving Father, Jehovah. He truly wants all to be happy and live eternally. May this provide comfort and peace to all who are mourning their loss.

JW, Yvette Durant, Georgia

Posted by Yvette Durant - Loganville, GA - Neighbor   September 15, 2015

May the Lord our Father bless the family and friends of Helen Burns Jackson. May God ease the pain and grief they all feel; please Father God give them the strength to continue on their journey as we all must do. you stated, you will go and prepare a place in your Father's house, my sister needs to rest now she has fought a great battle. Thank you Father Lord for allowing us to get to know her gentle soul.

Posted by Delores Collins - Chicago, IL - Friend   September 14, 2015

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May God strengthen and comfort the family. Hold on to his grace and mercy. My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Maple Davis - Columbia, SC - A Concerned Citizen   September 12, 2015

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He Will Call
(Job 14:13-15)
Life, like a mist, appears for just a day,
Then disappears tomorrow.
All that we are can quickly fade away,
Replaced with tears and sorrow.
If a man should die, can he live again?
Hear the promise God has made:

He will call; The dead will answer.
They shall live at his command.
For he will have a longing
For the work of his own hand.
So have faith, and do not wonder,
For our God can make us stand.
And we shall live forever,
As the work of his own hand.
Friends of our God, though they may pass away,
Will never be forsaken.
All those asleep who in God's mem'ry stay,
From death he will awaken.
Then we'll come to see all that life can be:
Paradise eternally.

Posted by JF - Brooklyn, NY - witness   September 11, 2015

So sorry to read about the loss of your loved one. God cares so deeply about us that he has gone to great lengths to make the fulfillment of his purpose a certainty. (John 3:16). One of his promises is no more death. Another of his promises is that those in his memory will be brought back to life. May these facts bring you some comfort.

Posted by J.W.    September 10, 2015

Praying for the Family of Rev Jesse Jackson

Posted by Jacqueline L Harris - Palmdale, CA - None   September 09, 2015


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Helen Burns Jackson, the mother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights activist, has died at 92.

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May the Lord our Father bless the family and friends of Helen Burns Jackson. May God ease the pain and grief they all feel; please Father God give them the strength to continue on their journey as we all must do. you stated, you will go and prepare a place in your Father's house, my sister needs to rest now she has fought a great battle. Thank you Father Lord for allowing us to get to know her gentle soul.
When someone you love dies you feel extreme stress. Praying to the God of all comfort can bring immense relief. The bible says that he (JEHOVAH GOD) comforts us in all our trails (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4) God will bring an end to all suffering. The bible promise: “God will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”. (Revelation 21:3, 4) Jesus promised that those in the God memory (memorial tomb) will come out. (John 5:28, 29) Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life. This promise is in harmony with gods’ original purpose. Those resurrected as humans will have the opportunity to live on a paradise earth, were there will be no more death. JW.ORG