The Jackson Children Introduce Jesse Jackson at the 1988 Democratic National Convention

And, bringing a tearful, cheering crowd to its feet, he finished with a sermon-like chant: ''Keep hope alive!

Keep hope alive! Keep hope alive!'' Introduced by Children

Mr. Jackson was presented to the convention by his five children: Santita, 25 years old; Jesse Jr., 23; Jonathan, 22; Yusef, 17, and Jacqueline, 12. The last of them to speak was Jesse Jr., who, as the lights went out and a film about Mr. Jackson came up on the convention screen, introduced ''a man who fights against the odds, who lives against the odds, our dad, Jesse Jackson.''

Jackson, Jr. was again involved in his father's campaigning during the 1988 Democratic Primaries. In 1988, in the dealings between Jesse Jackson and Michael Dukakis at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, Jackson, Jr. was named an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by a nomination from Democratic Party Chairman Paul Kirk. At the convention, the elder Jackson had himself introduced at the podium by all five of his children, including Jr. Jackson, Jr. was the last of the five children and introduced his father with the words "a man who fights against the odds, who lives against the odds, our dad, Jesse Jackson."

a man who fights against the odds, who lives against the odds, our dad, Jesse Jackson”

— Jesse Jackson Jr.

While still in graduate school, Jesse and the other Jackson children were asked to introduce Jesse Sr. before his speech to the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Jesse, Jr. was the last to speak, and his words were so electrifying, reminisced his friend Rhoda McKinley in the Chicago Tribune, that "he brought the house down."