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Jesse Jackson (Reverend, Political Activist) Formed Operation Push (1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (1984). Presidential candidate in 1984. Jerry Jenkins (author, writer, producer,) writer-at-large for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, editor of Moody Magazine, IMDB listing, -- Syleena Johnson (singer) Native of Chicago (iTunes: Another Relationship)

Michael Jordan
(professional baseketball player, #23 and #45) Born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina. As a sophomore at
Laney High School in Wilmington, he was cut from the varsity team. He eventually made the varsity team and led the team to a state championship. Jordan received a basketball scholarship from the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and scored the game-winning basket in the 1982 NCAA championship game against the Georgetown Hoyas. Jordan was selected college player of the year in 1983 and 1984. He won two Olympic Gold Medals while playing for the 1984 US Men's Basketball Team under coach Bobby Knight. Jordan was drafted third overall in NBA by Chicago Bulls in 1984 when he was a junior at North Carolina. His first season on the Bulls he averaged 28.2 points per game and was named 1984-85 NBA Rookie of the Year. Jordan scored a playoff-record 63 points against the Boston Celtics after being sidelined most of his second NBA season with a foot injury. Jordan's career led to a long string of records and achievements, including leading the Chicago Bulls to three consecutive NBA championships (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93), retiring from basketball for 17 months to play professional baseball, and returning to the NBA in March 1995 and then leading the Bulls to three more consecutive NBA championships (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98). Jordan retired as a player for the third time, but joined the Washington Wizards as President of Basketball Operations and part in owner in January 2000. On September 25, 2001, Jordan announced he would return as an NBA player with the Wizards. He scored his 30,000th career point on January 4, 2002 against the Chicago Bulls. He retired his third and final time April 16, 2003.

Tom Joyner (syndicated radio host,,,) earned the nickname "The Fly Jock" and "The Hardest Working Man in Radio" by working long hours and flying between his morning job (in Dallas, KKDA) and afternoon job (in Chicago, WGCI, WVON and WBMX) every weekday for years.

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