Radio and television host C. Linwood Jackson has long been a man dedicated to serving his community. For more than 15 years, he has been on numerous NAACP committees working to bring equal rights and justice to all Delawareans.
In June, he was elected to a two-year term as president of the Delaware State Conference of Branches after two years as secretary and, before that, two terms as vice president at the Wilmington branch of the NAACP.
Born and raised in Wilmington, Jackson graduated from the former De La Warr High School and joined the U.S. Army. After seven years he returned to Delaware, working at General Motors in New Castle.
Bitten by the acting bug seven years ago, he auditioned for a small role and has been performing onstage since with the Wilmington Drama League community theater group.
Jackson credits his stint in the Army and his thespian work for giving him new opportunities.
“The military allowed me to travel the world and see different sides of people and the beautiful things that the world has to offer,” he said. “Performing on stage and in movies allows me to share my creative side and relax a little bit, have some fun if you will.”
He is known for his faith-based radio program, “The Linwood Jackson Show” on WFAI-AM out of Salem, N.J. and for his “Urban Compass” program on the Comcast cable network.
“On both of my shows I like to talk about the issues that we face in our society, the solutions to the issues, and the fun stuff like dancing, traveling and performing arts,” he said.
Why is it important to reach out?
In my TV and radio work, I try to shine the light on up-and-coming performers, authors and actors, and I like to give the politicians an opportunity to share their platforms. It’s so that the community can make an informed choice on who is best suited to represent them when they go to vote.
What are some of the issues the NAACP is working on?
Voter suppression, police brutality reforms and building better police community relations, economic development, creating more good paying union jobs in the African-American community, Delaware state worker discrimination cases, education, trying to raise the age Delaware allows kids to quit school from 16 to 18; health, housing, environmental and climate justice issues; and issues within our prison and criminal justice system.
Some may see the NAACP as a holdover from the 1960s. Is it relevant today?
In all of [the above] issues and more, the NAACP has been working on since it was founded in 1909. And as long as we still have these injustices the NAACP will be as relevant as it has ever been and will continue to lead the charge.