On Sept. 23, 2017, less than a month after her 100th birthday, Earsie Jackson was crowned Mrs. NAACP Centennial Queen for the Charleston, South Carolina, chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The branch was celebrating its 100th year as well, with an anniversary gala, and created the special honor for the occasion. Former Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker for the event and did the honor of crowning Jackson.
Jackson, a resident at Life Care Center of Charleston, has made a huge impact on her hometown of Charleston. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Hampton University (then Hampton Institute), a historically black college in Hampton, Virginia. While at the school, she got involved with the local chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which spurs young African American women to excel academically and serve the community.
She put her education to good use. Jackson taught school in South Carolina for many years, starting in Givhans and moving to A. B. Rhett Elementary School in Charleston for most of her career.
Jackson was married to the Rev. Joseph T. Jackson of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. As a minister’s wife, Jackson was active in church life. She is a member of the Charleston Wesley United Methodist Church.
The Jacksons never had any children, but according to her niece, “She thought of all of her students as her children.”
“She is a very captivating person with a great sense of humor,” said her nomination. “She is one who never meets a stranger and always has a smile on her face.”