Actor. Born on December 21, 1948, in Washington D.C., and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee under his grandmother’s strict guidance. His mother, Elizabeth Jackson, joined them when he was 10. An early film enthusiast, Jackson frequently saw films at the local movie theatre and gained exposure to the complicated messages surrounding the black presence on screen. Versions of Band of Angels were edited for the black audience in Chattanooga, cutting out a scene in which Sidney Poitier slaps a white woman. Jackson’s early memories remained with him when he entered the historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta and he became increasingly involved in the black-power movement. In 1969, his junior year, he protested the absence of blacks on the board of trustees by locking several board members in a building for two days, and was promptly expelled from the college. That same year, Jackson watched a performance by the Negro Ensemble Company and gained a new inspiration--acting. After working as a social worker for two years in Los Angeles, Jackson returned to Morehouse to pursue the study of acting and received his degree in 1972. After college, Jackson joined the Black Image Theatre Company with his future wife, LaTanya Richardson, whom he met at Morehouse’s sister school, Spellman College. They toured the country and performed skits characterized by a fiery combination of rage and humor, to primarily white audiences. In 1976, having exhausted their enthusiasm for politically-charged theatre, Jackson moved with Richardson to Harlem, New York City, to pursue an acting career outside such strictly defined perimeters of race. He began to act in Off-Broadway productions including Richard Wesley’s The Mighty Gents, an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage, and Samm-Art Williams’s Home. He also got a job substituting for Bill Cosby during The Cosby Show rehearsals. In 1981, while working on Charles Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play, Jackson had two life-changing encounters. He met fellow actor Morgan J. Freeman, who became a great friend and convinced Jackson that he could be successful; and a New York University film student named Spike Lee, who expressed his enthusiasm for Jackson’s performance and urged him to appear in the films he planned to make. Jackson consented and kept his word, appearing in several of Lee’s early films including School Days, Do the Right Thing, and Mo’ Better Blues.
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