Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame
James I. Jackson
In the summer of 1958 the Illinois Credit Union League and the Chicago Urban League joined forces to sponsor a saving for education program that would encourage Afro-American youths to enroll in college and vocational courses. Jackson, chair of St. Edmund’s Church Credit Union on Chicago’s south side, chaired the committee directing the campaign. The next year, the Illinois Credit Union League circulated a brochure called This is a Love Story as a result of this collaboration.
At the age of 87, Jackson was honored at the 20th Annual Breakfast Meeting of St. Edmund’s Church Credit Union. He was recognized for 23 years of service to the credit union and 40 years of service to the credit union movement. Jackson had just retired from the league board where he had been an active member for two decades and was the first black person elected to that body. He helped organize the Morgan Park Co-op Credit Union in 1940.
On November 18, 1986 the Southwest Chicago Chapter voted to change its name to the Seminara-Jackson Chapter to honor two credit union pioneers and friends. At the time Jackson was 93. He died several years later.
We honor the memory of an individual whose dignity and perseverance helped credit union participation among minorities in Chicago. James Jackson truly belongs in the Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame.