The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. will be in town Tuesday, appearing at Allen Temple Baptist Church to hand out $75,000 in college scholarships from his Rainbow PUSH Coalition to 40 Bay Area students. The coalition hands out nearly $500,000 per year in such scholarships across the nation; this is the second year in which the “PUSH for Excellence” initiative has benefitted Bay Area kids.
Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.