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Esau Jenkins, a major leader in Charleston SC.
Esau Jenkins, a major leader in Charleston SC.
Published: 2015/07/24
Channel: The American Storyteller
Esau Jenkins and the Moving Star Hall Singers: You Must Have That Pure Religion (1983)
Esau Jenkins and the Moving Star Hall Singers: You Must Have That Pure Religion (1983)
Published: 2012/04/24
Channel: Alan Lomax Archive
Early Civil Rights history: Esau Jenkins and the Progressive Club (video one of four)
Early Civil Rights history: Esau Jenkins and the Progressive Club (video one of four)
Published: 2010/01/22
Channel: Noble Belton
Kenneka Jenkins new pictures release Esau has been exposed once again
Kenneka Jenkins new pictures release Esau has been exposed once again
Published: 2017/10/21
Channel: Young Gad
Esau Jenkins Bus Sendoff....
Esau Jenkins Bus Sendoff....
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: beebe617
Esau Jenkins Top # 9 Facts
Esau Jenkins Top # 9 Facts
Published: 2015/11/01
Channel: Georgine
Early Civil Rights history: Esau Jenkins and the Progressive Club (video four of four)
Early Civil Rights history: Esau Jenkins and the Progressive Club (video four of four)
Published: 2010/01/22
Channel: Noble Belton
Disassembling of the Esau Jenkins Bus
Disassembling of the Esau Jenkins Bus
Published: 2016/08/31
Channel: Corie Hipp
TD Jakes - NOTHING AS POWERFUL AS A CHANGED MIND
TD Jakes - NOTHING AS POWERFUL AS A CHANGED MIND
Published: 2014/03/24
Channel: TD JAKES TV
Pastor Gino Jennings vs Muslim Ameen Kalis
Pastor Gino Jennings vs Muslim Ameen Kalis
Published: 2016/08/03
Channel: Tony Harvin
Early Civil Rights history: Esau Jenkins and the Progressive Club (video two of four)
Early Civil Rights history: Esau Jenkins and the Progressive Club (video two of four)
Published: 2010/01/22
Channel: Noble Belton
Been In The Storm So Long [Full Compilation]
Been In The Storm So Long [Full Compilation]
Published: 2013/05/03
Channel: Liabeuf Nicolas
The Israelites: ESAU says White People Are Going to HELL
The Israelites: ESAU says White People Are Going to HELL
Published: 2016/12/31
Channel: IUIC Ohio
"LOVE IS PROGRESS, HATE IS EXPENSIVE" The Esau Jenkins Bus Send-off to the Smithsonian Museum
"LOVE IS PROGRESS, HATE IS EXPENSIVE" The Esau Jenkins Bus Send-off to the Smithsonian Museum
Published: 2014/06/24
Channel: Corie Hipp
Esau Jenkins Talking about Spirituals
Esau Jenkins Talking about Spirituals
Published: 2014/03/12
Channel: MG Team 8 The Team
Early Civil Rights history: Esau Jenkins and the Progressive Club (video three of four)
Early Civil Rights history: Esau Jenkins and the Progressive Club (video three of four)
Published: 2010/01/22
Channel: Noble Belton
The Unveiling of Esau Jenkins
The Unveiling of Esau Jenkins' Bus
Published: 2014/06/02
Channel: Corie Hipp
GGTV Ep 164 Esau Jenkins Bus Send Off!
GGTV Ep 164 Esau Jenkins Bus Send Off!
Published: 2014/06/02
Channel: Gullah Geechee Nation
"We Shall Overcome" from FD-750, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
"We Shall Overcome" from FD-750, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: sfolklife
THE TRUTH ABOUT PREDESTINATION AND WHY GOD HATES ESAU AND LOVES JACOB
THE TRUTH ABOUT PREDESTINATION AND WHY GOD HATES ESAU AND LOVES JACOB
Published: 2017/04/04
Channel: BROTHERDARYL
Apostle Gino Jennings - Women preachers
Apostle Gino Jennings - Women preachers
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: Tony Harvin
3258 Esau Jenkins Road, Johns Island, SC Presented by Tracy Hatchell.
3258 Esau Jenkins Road, Johns Island, SC Presented by Tracy Hatchell.
Published: 2016/09/22
Channel: SearchALLPropertiesChannel
Ruth "Tootsie" Bligen and the Moving Star Hall Singers: I
Ruth "Tootsie" Bligen and the Moving Star Hall Singers: I'm Going to Trust In the Lord (1983)
Published: 2012/04/24
Channel: Alan Lomax Archive
Esau Jenkins
Esau Jenkins
Published: 2016/02/16
Channel: Bobolibrarian
Esau & Janie Jenkins Family Smithsonian Send Off
Esau & Janie Jenkins Family Smithsonian Send Off
Published: 2016/09/27
Channel: Charleston County School District
Benjamin Bligen and the Moving Star Hall Singers: Let That Liar Alone (1983)
Benjamin Bligen and the Moving Star Hall Singers: Let That Liar Alone (1983)
Published: 2012/04/24
Channel: Alan Lomax Archive
ATLANTA FEEDBACK FOR  A PIECE OF ME (MR. JENKINS)
ATLANTA FEEDBACK FOR A PIECE OF ME (MR. JENKINS)
Published: 2016/06/10
Channel: A Piece of Me: An Everyday Story -Movie
Janie Hunter and the Moving Star Hall Singers: Jonah (1983)
Janie Hunter and the Moving Star Hall Singers: Jonah (1983)
Published: 2012/04/24
Channel: Alan Lomax Archive
Responding To Your Comments vol. 1
Responding To Your Comments vol. 1
Published: 2017/05/14
Channel: ChroniclesOfJudah 144
Apostle Gino Jennings - Speaking on Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Louis Farrakhan, & Joel Osteen
Apostle Gino Jennings - Speaking on Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Louis Farrakhan, & Joel Osteen
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: Tony Harvin
The Israelites: Pope Tyrone Jenkins Meets The Prophets!!!
The Israelites: Pope Tyrone Jenkins Meets The Prophets!!!
Published: 2017/06/28
Channel: IUICATLANTABURNING
Bertha Smith and the Moving Star Hall Singers: Eli, Eli (Somebody Call Eli) (1983)
Bertha Smith and the Moving Star Hall Singers: Eli, Eli (Somebody Call Eli) (1983)
Published: 2012/04/24
Channel: Alan Lomax Archive
THE GREEKS WERE EDOMITES, ESAU IS STILL HERE, HISTORY, VARIOUS TOPICS
THE GREEKS WERE EDOMITES, ESAU IS STILL HERE, HISTORY, VARIOUS TOPICS
Published: 2017/11/12
Channel: GMS Shar Ahmath
Gino Jennings speaking on the lost books in the HOLY SCRIPTURES (Bible)
Gino Jennings speaking on the lost books in the HOLY SCRIPTURES (Bible)
Published: 2016/09/20
Channel: Tony Harvin
Moving stall hall
Moving stall hall
Published: 2016/09/23
Channel: Abraham Jenkins
Damon L. Fordham on the Mother Emanuel tragedy
Damon L. Fordham on the Mother Emanuel tragedy's 2nd Anniversary
Published: 2017/06/16
Channel: The American Storyteller
"Learning Key Lessons From Isaac" Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. (Powerful Word)
"Learning Key Lessons From Isaac" Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. (Powerful Word)
Published: 2016/07/13
Channel: Inside FBCG
Esau Emeregency
Esau Emeregency
Published: 2017/09/13
Channel: Don Legend Esau
"No More Mourning" from FD-730, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
"No More Mourning" from FD-730, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: sfolklife
Ida Spruill  RN - PhD, c. 2009
Ida Spruill RN - PhD, c. 2009
Published: 2012/08/27
Channel: Noble Belton
H.O.I. : Old Esau & His Boys
H.O.I. : Old Esau & His Boys
Published: 2016/08/08
Channel: Awaken Israel
GOD
GOD'S (YAHS) LAW IS FOREVER (LESSON)
Published: 2017/07/16
Channel: GDASH THE PROPHET
Esau and Janie B. Jenkins Family Send off
Esau and Janie B. Jenkins Family Send off
Published: 2016/09/27
Channel: Corie Hipp
Coming to AC Fun Time TV#38
Coming to AC Fun Time TV#38
Published: 2014/10/24
Channel: Arthur Chisolm
Esau Movie
Esau Movie
Published: 2016/07/22
Channel: Don Legend Esau
H.O.I. : The Religion Of Loving Esau
H.O.I. : The Religion Of Loving Esau
Published: 2017/10/07
Channel: Awaken Israel
(SMH) HOMELESS CHICAGO MAN FROZE TO DEATH/ESAU OPPRESS THE POOR
(SMH) HOMELESS CHICAGO MAN FROZE TO DEATH/ESAU OPPRESS THE POOR
Published: 2018/01/08
Channel: MenOfValor13
Edmund Jenkins-From Slavery to Lawman
Edmund Jenkins-From Slavery to Lawman
Published: 2012/02/11
Channel: The American Storyteller
"No More Mourning" from FD-764, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
"No More Mourning" from FD-764, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: sfolklife
"We Shall Overcome" from FD-754, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
"We Shall Overcome" from FD-754, Highlander Research and Education Center Collection #20361
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: sfolklife
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Esau Jenkins (July 3, 1910 - October 30, 1972) was a South Carolina Afro-American Human Rights leader, businessman, and community organizer. He was the founder and moving spirit of many organizations and institutions which helped improved the political, educational, housing, health and economic conditions of his fellows.

Jenkins grew up during the times of segregation, when educational opportunities were not available to him - but he knew the importance of education and was determined that his children and those of others would not be denied. In the 1940s, Esau and his wife Janie used their money from farming and selling produce to purchase several buses. These buses were used to transport their own children and others on the Sea Islands to school in Charleston and thus further their education. In 1951, he was instrumental in the establishment of Haut Gap High School on Johns Island, so all children on the island would have the educational opportunity to better themselves. Today, Haut Gap is an advance studies magnet middle school.

Jenkins’ buses also transported workers to jobs in the Charleston area. During the bus rides, Jenkins and his wife would teach their adult passengers the information needed to pass the literacy exam, so they could become registered voters. Jenkins realized that he wanted to educate and reach more people, so he started the Citizenship School on the island's Progressive Club (listed in 2007 on the National Register of Historic Places ). The Progressive Club was a co-op started in 1948 by Jenkins and other families on Johns Island. Notable individuals participated in workshops including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others. The co-op housed a community grocery store, gas station, day care, classroom space and allowed residents to trade goods and services to help each other in times of need. The school was so effective that it served as the model for other citizenship schools established throughout the South to teach adult education, basic literacy and political education classes and workshops, resulting in thousands of citizens becoming registered voters.

Jenkins created the Citizens Committee of Charleston and founded the C.O. Federal Credit Union in 1966. This credit union helped to further the economic advancement of the community. Residents were able to secure low-interest loans to purchase homes, businesses, vehicles and even send their children to college.

Jenkins was also one of the founders of the Rural Mission. This initiative provided services for migrant and seasonal workers on the island.

Before his death in 1972, Jenkins chartered the Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corporation. Which provides low-income housing, a nursing home and a comprehensive health care center for the Sea Island residents.

Jenkins and his wife owned and operated a fruit and vegetable stand, a fleet of buses, a motel and restaurant in Charleston, SC and also in Atlantic Beach, SC.

The story of Esau Jenkins and the Progressive Club will be included in the permanent exhibit titled, “Defining Freedom, Defending Freedom: The era of segregation” in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Mr. Jenkins was known for his iconic Volkswagen van he personally used for his work in the community and throughout the South. Two panels of his VW van, with his motto: “Love is Progress, Hate is Expensive” will be on display.

The Smithsonian, the Jenkins family, and the Preservation Society of Charleston hosted the van artifacts send off to the Smithsonian on June 1, 2014. This event was included in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and several hundred attended. All local Charleston news outlets covered the story via interviews and articles about the event.

Jenkins died on October 30, 1972. His funeral was officiated by the Rev. Ralph Abernathy. After his death many institutions, programs, a bridge and a street were named for him.

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