About The Author

Fred James Jackson


  • Four Honorable Discharges (UNITED STATES ARMY)
  • California State Teaching Credential
  • 18 years of teaching Business Technology, Economics and Computer Applications in Inner City Urban High Schools.
  • 20 years of working in Procurement, Logistics, and Purchasing for the United States Army, Air Force and the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • 19 years as an independent business owner.


  • Master Degree in Business Management and Leadership
  • Bachelorette Degree in Business
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education (The Principal Center)
  • University of San Diego



  • Proclamation, Clark County, Las Vegas,  Nevada 2005
  • Walt Disney Teacher of the Year Nominee, 2002
  • Best Education Display, Black Expo, 2002
  • Certificate of Recognition, United States Golf Association, 2000
  • Certificate of Recognition, 5th District California Legislature, 2000
  • Who’s Who Among American Poets and Educators, 1997
  • Literary Recognition, State of California Legislature, 1996
  • Literary Recognition, California State Senate, 1996
  • Letter of Commendation, Youth Employment Service, State of California Youth Authority, 1989
  • U.S. Army:  National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Good Conduct Medal.

About Mr. Jackson

Fred James Jackson was born in rural area of High Point, North Carolina on Booker Street in the summer month of June during the Korean War. 

Young Fred was left fatherless when his biological father denied him and his mother frail and heart broken took him on a roller coaster ride of child abuse, neglect and homelessness which landed her in the North Carolina Correction Center for Women and young Fred in a foster home.

His Mother

His mother died at age 36 from alcohol abuse and poor health. Fred was released to his grand parents and a grandfather who really didn’t want another mouth to feed. A stay that was short lived and again young Fred was homeless at age 14.

His Accomplishments

Mr. Jackson is one of America’s most highly sought after high octane Motivational speakers. He is dynamic, inspiring and charismatic. He brings high energy to every event and enlightenment is guaranteed. His unique ability to read an audience and his keen sense and “down-home” mannerism lends to his high energy and motivational skills. Mr. Jackson is no stranger to authorship; he is a two time Pulitzer Prize nominee, (1992 & 1994) a Coretta Scott King Book Award  nominee (2007), Newbery Medal and the Caldecott Medal nominee (2007). Fred James “Catfish” Jackson, has penning such books as One Race Many Cultures 2, They Call Me Names and the Catfish and Jabo - Children’s book series, featuring Homework, Lightning Thumps Again, and newly released Priceless Pearls a tribute to the writers and musicians of the Harlem Renaissance period. .


  • The Harvard University Principal Center
  • The National Education Association
  • The California Teachers Association
  • The American Writers Association
  • Small Publishers Association of North America


Author Of...

One Race Many Cultures 2
The Catfish and Jabo - Children's book collection
Priceless Pearls

And many, many more...

Mr. Jackson offers the following types of presentations...

Click on the following links to find out more about the presentations offered.
7 - 12 , C
On The Wings of Change Motivational Seminar

Contractor will provide round trip transportation from base site to contractors site. If by air coach is acceptable.

Mr. Jackson would appreciate it if appropriate transportation arrangements were made prior to his pick-up and departure.

Cancellation Fee...
A cancellation fee will be charged to the host organization in the amount of $250.00 payable within 15 days of cancellation.