Jamal was born on April 9, 1973, in New York City to his parents, Millicent and Jimmy Jackson Sr. Jamal
was a happy and busy baby, who walked at 7 months old. The way he took off walking was the way he
went through life. He had a wonderful personality, was very compassionate and loving. Jamal was
extremely spiritual and had a sincere love for God.
Jamal spent his formative years in the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx in New York and was an
amazing athlete: his specialty was track. He started running track at the age of 12. His first competition
was with Boy Scouts Olympics taking away several gold and silver medals. He was recruited by the
Kenyan Runners out of Brooklyn, New York, that led him to achieve 150 trophies and endless boxes of
metals. During that time, he competed in Melrose games and Hershey games in Madison Square
Garden. Jamal continued to compete at a very high level until an injury ended his career.
After family relocation, Jamal’s adolescent years were spent in Washington, North Carolina
where he was received well by friends, families, teachers, and coaches. His church-home
was Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church where he was active in the youth ministry, the usher board and
frequently lead the reading of The Apostles Creed. Post-graduation, he moved on to acting, spending
his adult life between Peekskill, New York and Washington, North Carolina. Jamal had amazing boxing
skills. He was a youth counselor for several different organizations. His greatest achievement of all was
spreading the word of God, walking with an open heart, willing to share his wisdom and understanding
about doing what is right and uplifting whoever would listen and needed guidance.
Left to cherish his sweet memories is his father, Jimmy Jackson Sr., his daughters, Deja Millicent Jackson,
Ayanah L. Harrison, stepdaughter, Maya Harrison, stepson, Kameryn Sutton, grandson Lucas A Campbell,
brothers, Jimmy Jackson Jr., Jouan Jabez Jackson, Ray Medina, sister Serena Medina,
numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and a multitude of friends. Jamal touched many
people from all walks of life. He knew exactly where you were in your personal journey and would offer
encouragement, provide awareness, and in select cases, he would even ride with you. Jamal will be
missed. Absent from the body but present with the Lord, Amen.