Reggie Jackson is an award-winning journalist, a speaker, researcher and writer with a deep, comprehensive knowledge of how our country’s racial hierarchy developed historically and its impact on our lives today. Reggie is a graduate of Concordia University, co-founder of Nurturing Diversity Partners and head griot (docent) of America’s Black Holocaust Museum. He received the 2015 Eliminating Racism Award from southeast Wisconsin’s YWCA, 2016 Courageous Love Award from the First Unitarian Society, the 2017 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award from the city of Milwaukee, the first-ever MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope) Legacy Award in 2018 and the 2018 Robert H. Friebert Social Justice Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council. He received the 2019 Frank P Zeidler Legacy Award from the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.
In August 2016 he accepted a position as community relations writer for the Milwaukee Independent. He was invited to be a contributing writer for the Huffington Post in October 2017. His 2018 column for the Milwaukee Independent won the 2017 Silver Award for best online column from the Milwaukee Press Club, the 2018 Gold Award for Best Online Column and the Silver Award for Best Written Column. Reggie has served as a race relations expert for CNN, Wisconsin Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Reuters News Service, the BBC and several statewide news channels.
In May 2018 he was appointed as a member of the Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission by Mayor Barrett and the Milwaukee Common Council. For over a decade, Reggie has been a much sought-after speaker and presenter at churches, libraries, businesses, colleges and universities around the country. Reggie served in the U.S. Navy for six years including four years onboard the USS Missouri. From 2008-2010 he taught Contemporary Social Problems and Introduction to Sociology as an adjunct professor at Concordia’s Mequon campus.