Raised in the streets of Watts, California where at an early age he was introduced into the lifestyle of L.A. gangs. David knows first hand the mindset of most young African American males growing up in poverty, gangs, drugs and violent infested neighborhoods where there seems to be no way out.
Raised in a single parent household, David learned early on how to take care of himself and cope with the social ills of his community through his love for music. David was fortunate enough to be saved from the results of gang involvement by a young up and coming pastor.
Unfortunately, years later David's experience in the church led by his pastor/father figure would come to a tragic end, when a series of circumstances led to the tragic death of the pastors daughter. This story hit TIME Magazine as well as an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
As a result, a national scandal arose which targeted the pastor as an alleged cult leader. David's mother was incarcerated as a result of that, his 3 children taken from him and placed into foster care, he was left homeless, and the once father figure and spiritual mentor in his life was mysteriously found dead.
David rose above his circumstances and dedicated himself to breaking the cycle of crime, depression,hopelessness and despair that many youth & adults face, by sharing his story of triumph over tragedy, and mentoring, and counseling across the country. David is considered one of the most influential community figures in the Pacific Northwest for his dedication to adding value to the lives of everyone he meets. David took himself from homelessness and emotionally and spiritually broken, to being an inspiration to his generation and more. His recent battle with cancer which as a result of the surgery, left him mostly blind and with the loss of use in his doinate right arm/hand, hasn't stopped him from pouring into the lives of many who are watching his overcoming of his obstacles.
He is a respected speaker, businessman, author, activist, educator and mentor, David Jackson has been making a huge stamp on the world by delivering messages to youth & adults through first-hand experiences, pushing them to live their full potential.
The author of the best-selling self-help novel, The Man Behind the Music, The Life and Times of David Jackson Jr. The book speaks of heartache, triumph and success. David Jackson has become well known for his much-publicized "firewalk" seminars. He remains a popular figure and has done a lot of leadership development and Personal consultant/ training for both youth and adults...
David took his love for music and turned it into a successful business by becoming a world class, celebrity dj/producer, known as O.G.ONE, (The official DJ for the Portland Trailblazers, Roland Sponsored DJ & Celeb DJ) David has been able to showcase his skills on stages and venues with some of the industries top artists and celebs and has leveraged his celebrity to impact the lives of youth & adults around the nation.
More importantly, as an activist in the Portland community for over 25 years, David Jackson has won awards for his community efforts, activism, and philanthropy that include:
2016 Fredrick Douglas Award
2012 Emerald Award
KPTV Oregon’s 12 For Kid’s Sake Award
Police Activities League (PAL) Unsung Hero Award
just to name a few...
David's ability to transfer his message His message on The Power In YOUR OWN UNIQUENESS (The Power In Y.O.U.) is his life's testiment of each individual examining themselves and realizing the value in their own uniqueness, as well as understanding the power of Love, Forgiveness, and Choices into both the business and community platforms, has made him one of the most unique speaker/trainers in the industry. His delivery style is very real and practical for everyday application in life, spiritual walk, and business environments.
"I believe that people want real conversations and applicable tools to help them cope with everyday life challenges" David Jackson
Here are some things said about "David Jackson"
David is truly a gifted speaker. he is a person that students seem to instantly trust and feel comfortable sharing with...Michael D. Jordan (Professional Educator).
The kids were really moved by your presentation, thank you so much...Lois Van (Student Service Specialist) PPS
Mr. Jackson is multi-talented, an excellent speaker, and understands the big picture, and has the capacity to relate to children and adults. He is a man of incredible integrity...
Matthew Nelson (former Assistant Director of Camp Fire Boys & Girls.)
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Make sure to tune into the "Maxine Marsolini" show on Monday June 13th,at 11:am, as she has David Jackson talk about the importance of Fatherhood and his experience growing into fatherhood. Call in to talk to David Jackson on Monday. (424) 675-8246
DJ Speaks Now is to be guest speaker at the 2016 PCC GED/ABE Graduation
David Jackson, 2016 Graduate of PCC Rock Creek will be guest speaker at this years GED & Adult Basic Education Graduation, being held at Portland Community College Rock Creek, 7:pm.