Though Jesse Jackson only worked with Martin Luther King for a short time, the experience left a lasting impression on him. Jackson rose through the ranks of Operation Breadbasket after King and others saw his drive and outstanding organizational skills. Soon enough he became the national director of Operation Breadbasket despite his obvious attention seeking.
Once Jackson left the SCLC, he started the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition which was put in place to pressure politicians to work toward improving the economic standing of all races. Jesse Jackson went on to become the Democratic nominee for President in 1984 and 1988. Though he lost both times, he continued his political activism. He hit a rough patch toward the end of the 90s when it was discovered he fathered a child out of wedlock with one of his staffers. Due to the scandal, Jesse Jackson took a brief hiatus from politics. As of now, he is back to working in politics.