Operation PUSH

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Alternate Names: National Rainbow Coalition, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Duration: 1971 - present
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States


Founded in 1971 by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) was dedicated to improving the economic conditions of black communities across the United States. Operation PUSH was involved in anti-apartheid and African solidarity campaigns. In 1984 Rev. Jackson established the National Rainbow Coalition which sought equal rights for all Americans. In 1996 the two organizations merged to form the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. (Source: Rainbow Push Coalition website accessed February 10, 2014 and Operation PUSH documents on this website.)