Rodney Jackson, rights activist, is dead at 34


A memorial Mass for Rodney Quin Jackson, a data management specialist for the Human Rights Campaign Fund, will be offered at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Washington, 727 Fifth St. N.W.

Mr. Jackson, a resident of Washington for the past 12 years, died June 13 of bronchial pneumonia at George Washington University Hospital. He was 34.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1974 graduate of Woodlawn Senior High School, where he was co-editor of the school newspaper. In 1974, a federal court judge issued an injunction prohibiting Baltimore County school officials from censoring material written for the newspaper by Mr. Jackson and two classmates.

Mr. Jackson was active in working for gay rights in Baltimore and later in Washington. He also worked with the Gay Pride Committee in Washington and participated in the 1986 Hands Across America campaign against hunger and homelessness and the Great Peace March advocating global nuclear disarmament.

He was fond of the theater. As a youngster, Mr. Jackson was taken to plays in New York City by his father, the late Clarence Q. Jackson.

Before his appointment to the Human Rights Campaign Fund position in Washington, Mr. Jackson worked at several District of Columbia bars.

He is survived by his parents, Wahseola and William F. "Sugar" Cain; two sisters, Kathleen S. Cain and Rosalyn Cain; and his maternal grandmother, Byrdie J. Mills, all of Baltimore.

The family suggested donations to the Human Rights Campaign Fund, 1012 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005, or the Whitman-Walker Clinic, 1407 S St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009.

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