Jesse C. Jackson

Jesse Jackson, was an African-American novelist, born in Columbus, Ohio in 1908.

Jackson was one of the first young adult novelists whose works focused on contemporary experiences of African-American children, often those experiencing life as a minority in a white community. Call Me Charley, published in 1945, dealt with an African-American teenager struggling for acceptance in an all-white school in the suburbs. Tessie, published in 1968, deals with a black "scholarship girl" at an exclusive private school in New York. Jesse Jackson died in North Carolina in 1983.

In Honey for a Child's Heart, a book on the role of literature in a family's life, Gladys M. Hunt writes,

“No one has yet sat down and devised a set of rules that magically produces a great story. The quality that we have talked about has to come from the quality inside the person writing the story. In 1945 Jesse Jackson wrote Call Me Charley, the story of the only black boy in a white school. Mr. Jackson did not write primarily to deliver a message on race relations. He simply wrote a book out of his own experience. It had the ring of reality, and twenty years later the book’s editor would hear a woman tell how she had read a book in the fifth grade that changed her life, her whole attitude about people. The book was Call Me Charley."

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