Jesse Jackson quotes talk about many things but the most significant is the oppression of black people and those who are considered inferior. His quotes touch on some very crucial and controversial matters that have brought much unrest to the country of America. Jackson was known for his close relationship with Martin Luther King Jr. and has continued to be a strong voice for blacks in the United States. Below are a number of Jesse Jackson quotes for you to ponder over.
“Leaders must be tough enough to fight, tender enough to cry, human enough to make mistakes, humble enough to admit them, strong enough to absorb the pain, and resilient enough to bounce back and keep on moving.”
“If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds..”
“You may not be responsible for being down, but you must be responsible for getting up.”
“We must face the No. 1 critical issue of our day. It is youth crime in general and black-on-black crime in particular. There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved. After all we have been through, just to think we can't walk down our own streets, how humiliating.”
“Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.”
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”
“The trouble is that nonviolence is so often defined as refusal to fight, and that is the American definition of cowardice. In fact, marching unarmed against the guns and dogs of the police requires more courage than does aggression. The perverted idea of manhood coming from the barrel of a gun is what keeps people from understanding nonviolence.”
“No lie can live forever.”
“Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.”
“Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes, but morning comes. Keep hope alive.”
“It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other.”
“You can't teach what you don't know. And you can't lead where you don't go.”
“If you try you may fail, if you don't try you're guaranteed to fail.”
“Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.”
“A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever.”
“Today's students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude that will determine their altitude.”
“You can't plant a seed and pick the fruit the next morning..”
“We are facing a stiff wind right now, but if we persist and keep fighting back, we will prevail.”
“At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.”
“Our goal was not freedom. Freedom was the necessary prerequisite to get to equality.”
“Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.”
“The burden of being black is that you have to be superior just to be equal. But the glory of it is that, once you achieve, you have achieved, indeed.”
“When everyone is included, everyone wins.”
“If you wear a hoodie but aren't registered to vote, you got the symbolism but missed the substance.”
“Most poor people are not on welfare. . . I know they work. I'm a witness. They catch the early bus. They work every day. They raise other people's children. They work every day. They clean the streets. They work every day. They drive vans with cabs. They work every day. They change beds you slept in these hotels last night and can't get a union contract. They work every day . . .”
“His foreparents came to America in immigrant ships. My foreparents came to America in slave ships. But whatever the original ships, we are both in the same boat tonight.”
“Politicians refuse to modernize schools, they cut out midnight basketball, but build all these new jails. First class jails, second class schools. This is zero tolerance.”
“In politics, an organized minority is a political majority.”
“We blacks were the first people embracing Obama, long before the people at expensive fundraisers were supporting him. We gave him his first love, 96 percent of blacks voted for him in 2008. Yet today we are the number one in unemployment, with 16 percent of American blacks out of work.”
“I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet.”
“It's not enough to be quiet. Quietness is the absence of noise. We need peace, the presence of justice and to be - and so people here can coexist and live together.”
“Your children need your presence more than your presents.”
“Racism as a form of skin worship, and as a sickness and a pathological anxiety for America, is so great, until the poor whites -- rather than fighting for jobs or education -- fight to remain pink and fight to remain white. And therefore they cannot see an alliance with people that they feel to be inherently inferior."
“That's just like America. It's made up of lots of different people. We're all different colors, different ages, we do different jobs -- but it takes all of us black people, white people, brown people, men and women, young and old, working in the factories, working in the fields, working in offices, working in stores -- it takes a lot of different kinds of people to get the job done for America."
“We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams."
“When I first went to jail in 1960 with seven classmates trying to use their public library against the backdrop of my father being a veteran of World War II, not being able to use - having to sit behind Nazi on American military bases, I lost my fear of jails and death."
“Many kids come out of college, they have a credit card and a diploma. They don't know how to buy a house or a car or health insurance or life insurance. They do not know basic microeconomics."
“You know, people'd always ask "Why is Jesse Jackson running for the White House?" They never seen the house I'm running from."
“Semi-automatic weapons are not just about gun control, they're about national security. You know that these weapons can shoot down airplanes, they can blow up railroads. This is really a whole national security issue."
“I came to the conclusion that in order to end racial barriers, I needed to run for the office of the president and put forth an agenda of social justice and world peace. In addition, I concluded that someone needed to run and challenge the liberal orthodoxy."
“We must all learn a good lesson - how to live together. That is the new challenge of the new world... learning to co-exist and not co-annihilate."
“In tough economic times, desperate people do desperate things, and the abortion rate goes up."
“When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through."
Jesse Jackson Biography
Jesse Jackson is an American Baptist minister. politician and a civil rights activist. On two occasions he ran under the Democratic ticket for the presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988. Due to his efforts, he received multiple threats and received protection from the Secret Service. He served the District of Columbia as the shadow U.S Senator from 1991 to 1997. Jackson was born on October 8, 1941, and suffers from Parkinson’s disease. He was a happy man when he saw Barack Obama become the President of the United States.
Jesse Jackson Family
Jesse Jackson family members include his wife Jacqueline Brown who he married in 1962. Jesse Jackson has three sons named Jesse Jackson Jr., Jonathon Jackson, and Yusef DuBois Jackson. They also have three daughters, Santita Jackson, Jacqueline Lavinia Jackson, and Ashley Jackson. His family members are known to support his work throughout the years. Michelle Obama was best friends with Santita Jackson in high school.