Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Congratulations to Rev. Reginald T. Jackson!

AFC Senior Advisor Kevin P. Chavous greets Rev. Reginald T. Jackson
 on May 3, 2012 at the 2012 National Policy Summit in Jersey City, N.J.
The American Federation for Children today congratulated Reverend Reginald T. Jackson, pastor of the St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal Church in Orange, N.J. and longtime supporter of school choice options, on being elected bishop.

In 1981, Rev. Jackson became pastor at St. Matthew’s, where more than 3,000 people have joined the church under his tenure.  In addition to leading his church, Jackson is the executive director of the Black Ministers’ Council of New Jersey, which represents hundreds of black churches in New Jersey.

Speaking at both the American Federation for Children’s 2011 and 2012 National Policy Summits, Reverend Jackson has for decades stood for educational options for disadvantaged children.

Here he is at our 2011 Summit:

He made one of the great arguments for school choice while at our Summit:

“There is nothing more important than a quality education…A quality education is essential. Without a good education, you’re not going to be able to get a good job.  Without a good job, you are not going to be able to provide for yourself and your family. When you can’t provide for yourself and your family, families break up. When families break up, social and community problems increase.  When social and community problems increase, we build more prisons and we have more funerals. A quality education is absolutely critical.”

Rev. Jackson serves as the Executive Director of the Black Ministers’ Council of New Jersey, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Essex County College, member of the Board of Education of the Orange Public Schools, board member of the United Way, the Newark Alliance, and a member of the NAACP. He received a B.A. from Delaware State University and a Master of Divinity from Interdenominational Theological Center.

To Reverend Jackson, community and spiritual leader, for your strong support for bringing school choice to New Jersey and ensuring that every child has access to educational options, congratulations on this great honor!

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MSG

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