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  • MannieJackson

    History & Timeline

    • July 27, 2011 – The National Endowment for the Humanities announced Lewis and Clark as one of the first six two-year colleges ever to receive Challenge Grants. The competitive grants aimed to help raise endowments to help strengthen humanities programs at community colleges, encourage the development of model humanities programs and curricula, and broaden the base of financial support for humanities on two-year college campuses.
    • April 2012 – Entrepreneur and influential African American leader Mannie Jackson announced the creation of the center, as well as a $200,000 pledge toward the endowment, during a book signing event for his memoir, "Boxcar to Boardrooms," held on Lewis and Clark's N.O. Nelson campus in Edwardsville, Illinois.
    • February 2013 – L&C participated in the premier of the Big Ten Network’s Emmy-nominated documentary film based on Mannie Jackson's book, “Boxcar to Boardrooms,” at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Illinois. 
      Watch the full video on YouTube.
    • October 2014 – L&C held a groundbreaking ceremony at the historic Lincoln School on Oct. 16, 2014.
    • December 2015 – The Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities opens its doors to the public for the first time.
    • March 30, 2016 – Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell launched the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation’s Speaker Series during the foundation’s first Annual Fundraiser Dinner at Southern Illinois University’s Meridian Ballroom.

    About Mannie Jackson

    Mannie Jackson, born in Illmo, Missouri and raised in Edwardsville, Illinois is a successful and award winning owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, philanthropist, entrepreneur, author, documentary producer, businessman, professional basketball player, and recipient of the NCAA’s 2015 highest student-athlete award after being enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 as an owner and 2017 as a player and Contributor to the multibillion dollar industry.  Jackson is a graduate of the University of Illinois as a National Science Fellow with a Bachelor of Science degree with dual majors in Physical Education and Biological Sciences.  His education pursuits continued at Detroit and a executive MBA at Wharton.  Jackson has left an undeniable mark on the business world, the game of basketball, and the University of Illinois (its first African-American varsity captain; All American; and two time All-Big Ten) after being voted Prep player of the year for the state of Illinois.  Jackson was also enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as the successful owner of the famous Harlem Globetrotters; and earlier that year he was enshrined in the African-American Hall of Fame for basketball achievements.  In 2006, he was presented with the Varsity “I” Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the State’s highest award for individual achievement.  In 2015, Jackson received the NCAA’s highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Award and in February 2016 he was enshrined in the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame and in September 2017 brings an additional induction: the University of Illinois’ Athletics’ Hall of Fame.  

    The 3-million-dollar gift for The Fighting Illini’s new State Farm basketball facility honors the history, achievements, and the impact basketball has had on his and others lives.  While attending Illinois, and even before he went from all-star player to the first African-American owner of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, Jackson was a progressive trailblazer in the business world.  He retired from the executive committee of the 10-billion-dollar technology leader Honeywell Inc.  as the International Senior Vice-President of Marketing, Administration and Logistics while serving on the Board of Directors of six Fortune 500 companies.  In addition to many notable awards, appointments, and acknowledgements, Jackson has broken several barriers, including a founding President of the Executive Leadership Council and later being selected the first African-American Chairman of the Board of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  When asked about his most notable achievement he routinely states, “demonstrating that leadership excellence in basketball matters most when transferred to notable areas of everyday life – my ‘Mount Rushmore’ achievement is to be remembered as one of basketball’s all-time greatest global ambassadors.  Not because of the money I’ve made or points scored – but for my impact on humanity.” 

    Jackson is a passionate and dedicated leader of humanitarian efforts, currently serving as the President of the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities in his hometown of Edwardsville, Illinois, where cutting edge research and education in the humanities is being recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and globally.  Jackson and his family are generous donors to countless organizations.  As the Globetrotters’ owner he targeted over 10% of the team’s earnings to charitable causes (approximately 20 million dollars).  The Jackson family’s generosity will continue to make a significant and positive impact on the lives of thousands of individuals now and into the future, including those at the University of Illinois, his hometown of Edwardsville, Illinois, and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

    Mannie Jackson resides in Las Vegas, Nevada; his son Randall lives in Orlando, Florida, daughter Candace in San Francisco, and daughter Cassandra in Los Angeles.