Tyrone McGowan Jr. ’10 named National Field Director for Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Date Released: March 13, 2017


Every Saturday morning, a young Tyrone McGowan Jr. ’10 would listen to the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition broadcast. McGowan was amazed by Jackson’s accomplishments and wished to follow in the preacher/civil rights/ political leader’s footsteps.

On Saturday, March 11, Jackson named the now 29-year-old McGowan the new National Field Director for Rainbow PUSH.

In this role, McGowan will coordinate the organization’s satellite offices in Atlanta, New York, Detroit, Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley. He will also work to expand the coalition’s involvement in churches and community organizations and develop neighborhood centered campaigns.

“Tyrone is an incredibly able, educated young minister, with a multiracial and multicultural vision,” said Jackson in a press release from the coalition. “He has an acute sense of social justice and a real desire to mobilize our people.”

At just 13 years old, McGowan became licensed as a Baptist minister. His parents would take him to hear Jackson in person at the PUSH national headquarters twice a month. McGowan said Jackson’s ability to preach and speak on important social and political issues fired him up about fighting for justice.

McGowan said his grandfather was a big influence in his decision to attend Morehouse College.

“My grandfather, who never went to college, would always talk about these great people who went to Morehouse – Spike Lee, Maynard Jackson, Martin Luther King,” said McGowan. “I figured if it was good enough for Dr. King, it was good enough for me.”

McGowan received a PUSH Excel scholarship to help fund his education at Morehouse. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2010 before going on to Yale Divinity School, where he graduated with honors.

In 2015, McGowan was named the senior pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Robbins, Ill. Last year, he became one of the youngest members inducted into Morehouse’s Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers.

Last Modified: March 29, 2017, 11:03 AM, by: Vanzetta Evans

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