Rev. Jesse Jackson is a long time, dues paid, leader of blacks in America, a world ambassador and humanitarian, perfect he is not. He deserves more.
Beginning with the Civil Rights Movement, Rev. Jesse Jackson has worked towards human rights, economic justice, world peace, and the United States presidency.
Focused upon imbuing black pride, Jackson's rainbow themed poem for children, the landmark "I Am - Somebody," addressed poverty as well as inclusion; universal worldwide struggles.
Taking W.E.B.'s black consciousness to another level, Jackson's poem remixed to infusing much needed truth and positivity to a starved black psyche, soul, and life; much like James Brown's, "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud); anthems for blacks national and international.
His PUSH/Excel combined visions of black pride and inclusiveness, with soliciting and gaining advances in education and jobs for urban youth. Jackson helped forge ties with leading companies and corporations within the black community, bringing major businesses into, and helping develop, black business people and businesses.
The New Rainbow Coalition, Rev. Jackson's presidential organization, mobilized supporters across the spectra, while focusing his campaign on the issues of the disenfranchised,
the underrepresented, women, gays, and minorities.
It's unfortunate some choose to criticize without respect, in my opinion, while discussing and discounting Jesse Jackson and his Dan Gilbert Lebron James slave analogy.
Blair LM Kelley, professor, and author said, "LeBron James is a free man...None of this has anything to do with slavery." Ironic, don't you think? And Jesse Jackson has nothing to do with the Civil Rights Movement, either.
Elon James White, writer, and comedian, said, " All families have an uncle who says crazy things that might be based in some sort of reality...please meet black people's Uncle Jesse." Uncle Elon is being what the Native Americans call a dick. Please, James, just sit down and finish eating your turkey, grownfolk talkin' here.
Instead of being put to pasture with disdain and distain, Rev. Jackson's legacy should be respected and revered, even when you dont agree with what he says. NBA commissioner David Stern showed great veneration when he said, "Rev Jackson is, as he rarely is, mistaken." Our generation next should be taking notes.
While we dont always agree with everything Rev. Jackson says, you can't just dismiss his contributions to and for black people, and the world. He deserves more; thanks Jesse, for keeping hope alive.
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