CHICAGO INDEPENDENT BULLETIN, FEBRUARY 4, 2019 PAGE 7
Black History Feature:
Acknowledging Our Ancestors...
© 2019 by Samuel Mills
"WHO AM I?"
SAM'S INTRO: I was wondering who might begin our Black History Month "Ancestor" series, when he walked in...and THIS Chicago-based brother, I knew very well. He had the bespectacled, very intelligent appearance of a college professor, full of knowledge to share with anyone, especially young people of color, and it was obvious that he placed a high premium on education! The down-to-earth attitude of this community activist and civil servant relaxed me immediately...and thus we began our interview:
"I was born on September 22, 1950 in Chicago's Altgeld Gardens
Phillip Jackson dedicated his life to providing opportunities and improving the quality of life for others. His life was a true testament to what is possible with hard work, perseverance and dedication to a cause. After a battle with cancer, Mr. Jackson moved into the ancestral realm on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm. surrounded by family and friends at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. He is survived by four sisters and a host of family and friends.
Phillip Jackson was born into and resided in public housing in Chicago. Mr. Jackson attended 11 Chicago public schools with varying levels of success. He graduated from Roosevelt University with honors with a degree in Philosophy and studied education at National College of Education.
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