Honoring Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and Rainbow Push - Tyronne Stoudemire

Point of View
2 min readFeb 15, 2021
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Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.’s was an iconic American political activist who strived to achieve a better America for Black Americans. He founded the non-profit organization PUSH (people united to serve humanity) that later merged with his Rainbow coalition to create Rainbow PUSH. Rainbow PUSH is a non-profit organization who actively works and fights for social change.

To honor Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.’s 79th birthday, Tyronne Stoudemire, the Global Chief Diversity and Internal Officer of Hyatt Hotels, had red Poinsettia’s planted in the front yard of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters.

“I wanted to come back and beautify the Rainbow PUSH Coalition which has a history of civil and human rights and all the hard work Rev. Jackson has done to make sure all people can thrive and strive together.

“We thought we would decorate the outside to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ but also beautify this wonderful place of art…the history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being assassinated, images of speeches Rev. Jackson has given, and images of our great African Americans like (the statutes of) Hank Aaron, Bob Johnson and Barry Gordy. All of these things are part of our history and our heritage.

“We must clean it, celebrate and acknowledge it and keep it for the next generation and generations to come. This is why I came back to support and give a little of my service and time back to honor the many men and women on whose shoulders I stand on today.

“If it had not been for Harriet Tubman, there would not have been a Dr. King. If it were not a Dr. King, there would not be a Jesse Jackson. Those are the great men and women who have gone on before us that we celebrate and hold up our community together.”

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