RHODA WILSON-JACKSON | courtesy of grandson Michael Blair

Rhoda Wilson-Jackson Celebrates 100th Birthday As Concert Headliner

SACRAMENTO, CA – She was welcomed into the world on June 22, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois. A first-class stamp costs two cents and gasoline was a whopping 14 cents a gallon.  Since then, Rhoda Wilson-Jackson has lived through the Depression, the Holocaust, World War II and fighting Vietnam and Iraq.  She’s seen a man land on the moon and the first Black man to grace the White House as president of the United States.

Wilson-Jackson will celebrate 100 years on this earth and do it in her own unique way. She’s inviting friends, family and loved ones to a special concert at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 22, 2023 at Journey Ministries, 4147 Northgate Blvd Suite #2, Sacramento, CA, 95834. CLICK HERE to RSVP.

“I plan to do what I’ve been doing since I was a child,” she declared. “I’m going to sing to the glory of God for all who will listen.”

This won’t be the first time this spry young lady has been a headliner. Her musical career, which has taken her across the globe, began in church with a choir that traveled around the country raising funds for the Church of God and Saints of Christ, the oldest African American Jewish congregation. Classically trained in opera, Wilson-Jackson will regale her listeners with Classical pieces, a capella numbers as well as some good old foot-stomping, down-home Black gospel music. 

Concert-goers will also hear the story of her joyful life as the child of a rabbi. Wilson-Jackson was one of 14 siblings and the mother of two girls, Katherine and Carolyn, who brought her a combined total of seven grandchildren. Wilson-Jackson became a hair stylist after graduating from the Madame C.J. Walker College of Beauty Culture in Chicago. In 1969, she moved to Alaska to be with family where she became an entrepreneur, launching Cosmetics by Rhoda, a hair and nail growth product company.

Eventually, her family trekked south to Sacramento where Wilson-Jackson still gets around on her own, walks every day and sometimes cooks for herself and her family. When she was born television was just a fantasy, but don’t sleep on this vibrant spirit who is known to teach young people a thing or two about the latest ways to communicate with smartphones. And when she’s sharing stories, she’s still prone to breaking out in a song. 

Known to her family as “Nana,” Wilson-Jackson has 12 great-grandchildren and many more great-great-grandchildren along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loved ones.  And when asked what her secret is to longevity, you’ll often hear her say, “Always keep your body moving, eat right and most of all keep God First!”


Michael Blair, Grandson | 916-208-5123 | michael.blair@yahoo.com


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