Dallas Pastor Frederick Douglass Haynes III Assumes Leadership of Revered Civil Rights Organization Founded by Rev. Jesse Jackson


Rev. Jesse Jackson announces that he is stepping down as the president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Saturday, July 15, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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In a historic transition of power, the renowned civil rights organization, established by the Reverend Jesse Jackson in 1984, has announced new leadership. Dallas Pastor Frederick Douglass Haynes III, who leads Friendship-West Baptist Church, has been appointed as the organization’s new head. The momentous occasion was celebrated during a special event held at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago, paying tribute to Rev. Jackson’s life and legacy.

Amidst an atmosphere charged with enthusiasm and reverence, Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a heartfelt speech honoring Rev. Jackson’s contributions to the civil rights movement and his enduring impact on American society. She also spoke about her personal relationship with Dr. Haynes.

“It is my joy to congratulate Reverend Dr. Freddy Haynes. I have known him and worked with him for over 20 years, including when we worked together years and years ago in the early days of the criminal justice reform movement.  And I am so confident in his leadership and his ability to carry on the greatest traditions of this organization and to meet the challenges of this moment,” she said.

FILE – Rev. Jesse Jackson, candidate for the democratic presidential nomination, gestures with clenched fists as he speaks to reporters during a brief stopover at Logan Airport in Boston, Friday, Jan. 7, 1984. Jackson plans to step down from leading the Chicago civil rights organization Rainbow PUSH Coalition he founded in 1971, his son’s congressional office said Friday, July 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Vince Dewit. File)

The vice president underscored the importance of continuing Jackson’s mission of equality, justice, and empowerment.

“We celebrate one of America’s greatest patriots, someone who deeply believes in the promise of our country, a fighter for freedom and human rights for all people.  At the core of Rev’s work is the belief that the diversity of our nation is not a weakness or an afterthought, but instead, our greatest strength,” Harris added.

Pastor Frederick Douglass Haynes III, widely respected for his unwavering commitment to social justice and equality, has long been recognized as a leading voice within the civil rights community. As the leader of Friendship-West Baptist Church, Haynes has demonstrated his dedication to uplifting marginalized communities and advocating for systemic change. His appointment to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition signifies a new chapter in its history, aligning with the organization’s core principles of empowering the disenfranchised and fighting against racial injustice.

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