Jesse Jackson

(Jesse Louis Jackson Sr.)

Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
  • Born: October 8, 1941
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Activist









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A commitment to the principle of human rights requires clear and unambiguous respect for international law and support for the international organizations that administer it. When it comes to an organization like the United Nations, we cannot pick and choose when we wish to work within its framework without greatly weakening its effectiveness. United Nations
A man must be willing to die for justice Justice & Injustice
A Patients' Bill of Rights is at the center of our national existence. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Activists set the agenda for the practitioners. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Capitalism without capital is just an ism. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
Change never comes from the White House. It comes from your house and my house. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Choose to get ahead—not get even. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Cutting off the flow of capital is like cutting off the flow of oxygen. Virtue alone will not produce oxygen. Bureaucracy
Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Democracy cannot flourish in economic ruin. Democracies & Republics
Drugs are the greatest threat to our national security. Defense & National Security
I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I hear that melting-pot stuff a lot, and all I can say is that we haven't melted. Minorities & Women
If talk is impossible, then war is inevitable. Diplomacy & Diplomats
In the last era of the [civil rights] movement, the disenfranchised were the blacks, the colored. Now the disenfranchised are the have-nots, the unemployed, the hungry. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In the military you do not get points for creativity. You get points for obedience. Military & Veterans
Isn't it interesting that we can see the necessity of teaching ethnic pride and not ethical pride? The Ten Commandments aren't being taught any more than black history. Don't you think that just might have something to do with the way our young people are behaving? Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It doesn't matter whether you're riding an elephant or a donkey if you're going in the wrong direction. Political Parties & Machines
Jesus was the victim of capital punishment. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Keep hope alive! Hope ;Slogans & Mottoes
My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Often, we try to raise dead leaders and bury live ones. Leaders & Leadership
Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow—red, yellow, brown, black and white—and we're all precious in God's sight. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Our soldiers in combat should have the same insurance policies that the Congress has. Military & Veterans
Our system will prevail but it must be tested by talk and trade. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
People who won those states wanted to see their states in the victory column last night. They won elections in the streets and lost them in the suites. Political Parties & Machines
Public opinion polls would have maintained slavery. Public Opinion & Polling ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
That which is morally wrong will never be politically right. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The common people who marched for the right to vote must now march for the right to breathe. Environment & Environmentalism
The FCC on any given day has much more influence than the better known agencies like the entire Department of Health and Human Services. Regulation & Deregulation
The founding fathers didn't see it that way. They didn't see many things.... We now have to raise their consciousness. Miscellaneous
The opposite of segregation is not integration. Martin Luther King didn't dream about a completely integrated world. He knew this was a pluralistic society and that ethnics tend to keep an identity. It's not a contradiction. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The promotion and preservation of human rights can and should be the driving force for world affairs. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
This election isn't about race; it's about the direction of the [Democratic] party. They say, "You're not supporting the party nominee." I endorsed Daley twice over Republican opponents. He didn't endorse me once. This is about reciprocal voting and mutual support. Political Parties & Machines
Those who are privileged have little regard for history. History
To ignore race and sex is racist and sexist. Discrimination & Prejudice
Up with hope, down with dope Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
We all find flag burning repugnant. We find burning crosses repugnant. But they have been burning crosses longer than they have been burning flags and there has been no rush for a constitutional amendment to stop the burning of crosses. Flags & National Anthems
We must not allow expectations to outdistance negotiations. Negotiating & Negotiations
We must not just change presidents. We must change direction. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
White folks don't want peace; they want quiet. The price you pay for peace is justice. Justice & Injustice
A check or credit card, a Gucci bag strap, anything of value will do. Give as you live.
A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever. Death
A man who cannot be enticed by money or intimidated by the threat of jail or death has two of the strongest weapons that anyone has to offer. Death ;Money, Coins & Minting
America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth.
America needs young people to be inspired to choose sacrifice over greed.
Any attempt to dilute my support for Sen. Obama will not succeed.
At least the politicians are accountable to the voters.
At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division. Hope
At the end of the day, we're defined by our predicament, not by the sides of town.
Black and Jewish leaders have been a coalition of conscience.
Black men of integrity cannot make a deal with a politician and leave out the poor of the nation, all God's children. Religion & God
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change. Sympathy
Conservatives and liberals can find common ground.
Few would deny that blacks have become very dominant in athletics: football, basketball, track, now dominant in tennis and dominant in golf.
Fighting disparities is very significant.
For me, Barack Obama's election was a milestone of the most extraordinary kind. On the day he was elected I felt such hope in my heart. I thought we were seeing the beginning of a new era of equal opportunity across race and gender such as America had never known before. Hope
From seeds of his body blossomed the flower that liberated a people and touched the soul of a nation.
George Bush has met more foreign heads of state than I have. But a substantial number of them were dead.
Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville.
Humanitarian appeals always help. They penetrate deeper than political tradeoffs.
I am a journalist.
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. Religion & God ;Patience
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. War & Peace
I cast my bread on the waters long ago. Now it's time for you to send it back to me - toasted and buttered on both sides. Time
I had gained a greater appreciation of hearing the concerns of woman, doctors, and so many others.
I had to steal to survive.
I have worked hard to build relationships between Jewish people and black people.
I know how to run a nationally paced campaign.
I know they are all environmentalists. I heard a lot of my speeches recycled.
I mean, the fight for a health care bill to cover all Americans and leave none behind is attacked as being a race appeal, which is not true, but then it's put out in the media as true. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I remember being taught my place.
I take my role seriously as a pastor.
I think reconciliation is Obama's goal - but the fight with the Republicans is like a fight with pit bulls, they never let go. Even worse, now the Republicans feel they can keep pushing and he will keep giving. They have not seen a stiff resistance on his part.
I want to make America better!
I was born in a slum, but the slum wasn't born in me.
I was extended secret service protection during my presidential run in 1984, when I received the most death threats ever made toward a candidate. Death
If a black doctor discovers a cure for cancer, ain't no hospital going to lock him out.
If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.
If the American people in a matter of months can love the people of Kuwait, whom they have not seen, they can love the people of our nation's capital just as well. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If the states had to vote on slavery, we would have lost the vote.
If there are occasions when my grape turned into a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart.
If you don't feel apologetic for slavery, if you don't feel apologetic for colonialism, if you feel proud of it then say that.
If you don't know what tomorrow holds, you need to know who holds tomorrow!
If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.
If you run, you might lose. If you don't run, you're guaranteed to lose.
If you think black people have a motivation problem, open up a Wal-Mart and advertise a thousand jobs. Watch 5,000 people show up.
I'm not wasting my time with any more non-straight-talking candidates. Time
I'm too mature to be angry.
In Afghanistan, there is a plan to build democracy; hundreds of thousands of troops are protecting it. There is a plan to rebuild and reconstruct there. But many thousands of Americans die from violence and poverty every year and we don't have a plan for reconstruction at home.
In many ways Africa subsidised America and Europe's development.
In many ways, history is marked as 'before' and 'after' Rosa Parks. She sat down in order that we all might stand up, and the walls of segregation came down. History
In politics, an organized minority is a political majority. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In tough economic times, desperate people do desperate things, and the abortion rate goes up.
It is a historical error for those who were not there to just refer to August 28th as 'I Have a Dream' speech day. That is a real disservice to those who were there. It was a sad day. It was not a celebration environment.
It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other. Time
Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day. Leaders & Leadership
Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together. Leaders & Leadership
Life has its dimensions in the mysterious. Life
Look at the coded language the Right is using against President Barack Obama. Openly calling him a liar in Congress, saying he is 'not a Christian, he was not born here, he is not one of us.' That makes addressing such issues trickier for the first African-American in the White House.
Many are observing Ferguson and witnessing the anger, demonstrations, looting and vandalism and calling for quiet. But quiet isn't enough. The absence of noise isn't the presence of justice - and we must demand justice in Ferguson and the other 'Fergusons' around America.
Many have fought for and even lost their lives to end segregation, to win the right to vote. It disappoints me to now have to cajole people to register and to vote.
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. Life ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Most blacks will argue that they excel because of hard work, because of intellect, determination, sweat, blood, tears and risk. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Music of all arts should be expansive and inclusive. Music, Chants & Rapps
My very first recollection of life on earth was waking up in bed with my mother, and she was showing me a picture of my father, Charles Jackson, with a group of soldiers. Life
Negroes' problem is that they do not have their egos. That's why our churches end up having a white service, because our preacher is not arrogant enough to take God's word, so he have to go and get some white fellow's agenda and put it in his church. Religion & God
Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.
No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams. Government
Obama used to be a community organizer. He knows how to build communities.
Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rater than pushed by our memories.
People always grow and mature.
People internalize, from the jail to student loan debt, to credit card debt, to unemployment to the whole collective. It manifests itself in many ways, in people's home lives, domestic stuff.
Republicans are the party of 'no,' and Democrats are the party of 'don't know' because it hasn't fought for bold ideas, policies, or plans to turn us in a new direction.
Ronald Reagan was older than I was when he ran for president.
So here we are today with a new conversation. When University of Georgia plays Georgia Tech, it's uniform color versus skin color. We have - we've overcome that level of racial fear.
So many bright stars, bright in life, burn out quickly. Life
So much talent comes from the base of poverty and those in the margins. You limit the base, you miss too much talent.
Statehood for the District of Columbia is the most important civil rights and social justice issue in America today.
Success needs no explanation. Failure does not have one that matters. Failure ;Success
The American people on the ground need a clearer, stronger, Lyndon B. Johnson-type voice from their president.
The American people on the ground need a clearer, stronger, Lyndon B. Johnson-type voice from their president. Obama has that voice. It has to be used.
The coffers are full of money and equipment for the Ferguson Police and the Missouri National Guard to put down a potential uprising, but no money for actually uplifting the people of Ferguson, St. Louis, Missouri and around the nation. Money, Coins & Minting
The great responsibility that we have today is to put the poor and the near poor back on front of the American agenda.
The law protects you from being abused. It doesn't threaten your lifestyle for someone else to have the right to exhibit their lifestyle.
The laws are stacked for the wealthy.
The more you focus on sex without love, and drugs and violence, lifestyle of intimidation and recycling, the less energy you spend on opening up the big tent. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The relationship between the prophet and the President, the priest and the President, is a sacred one.
There have been more people disenfranchised in Washington than there have been in Kuwait.
There is no power in cynicism. There is no forward thrust in cynicism. Power
There's a full-court press to put down an uprising around Ferguson, but no preparation for lifting up the people there.
There's great disparity between who goes to college and who goes to jail. Who lives long and who dies prematurely, is the defining issue of our time. And I submit to you, there's a significant race dimension, it is basically class-driven. Time
Those companies that don't see the black and brown communities are missing, out of their closed eye, talent, which leads to money and growth. When baseball, football and basketball couldn't see the field, they missed talent and growth. The same is true in the tech industry. Money, Coins & Minting
Those powers that control the tent are not threatened at all by any activity that you engage in, in the shadows, that's not moving toward the tent. And I am rather convinced that we have a generation that is so preoccupied with life in the shadows, they never even focus on getting to the sunlight where you open up the big tent. Life
Those who have the most wealth and the most property, their children have the first, the best, and the most.
Those who write the editorials and those who write the columns, they simply are unaccountable. They're free to impose their cultural politics in the name of freedom of the press. Freedom & Liberty ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things. Time ;Leaders & Leadership
To allow injustice and inequality invites a Ferguson to your community. We must stand together, black, white, brown, red, and yellow and fight for justice and equality for all. It's the only way to avoid more Fergusons. Equality & Equal Opportunity
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. Hope
Urban America has been redlined. Government has not offered tax incentives for investment, as it has in a dozen foreign markets. Banks have redlined it. Industries have moved out, they've redlined it. Clearly, to break up the redlining process, there must be incentives to green-line with hedges against risk. Government
Watch the walls come down, whether it's in the South or on Wall Street. When the walls come down, what do we find? More markets, more talent, more capital and growth. Which means that the race and sex discrimination stunt economic growth. It's not good for capitalism. It's not good for America's growth. And it's not morally right.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We have to judge politicians by their cumulative score. In one innings they make a great catch, in another they drop the ball. In one they score a home run, in another they strike out. But it is their cumulative batting average that we are interested in.
We must all learn a good lesson - how to live together.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We must not measure greatness from the mansion down, but from the manger up.
We reveal our joys and successes, we conceal our pain.
We've been so preoccupied with getting the government to behave in a fair and democratic way, we were not able to focus on the private sector where most of the jobs are, where most of the wealth and opportunities are. Government
We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.
What is the American dream? The American dream is one big tent. One big tent. And on that big tent you have four basic promises: equal protection under the law, equal opportunity, equal access, and fair share.
When journalists and politicians speak of a dwindling middle class that's under economic assault and a poor community that's getting bigger, they're talking about Ferguson. Independent of the racial demographics and dynamics of Ferguson, Missouri, there's a 'Ferguson' near you.
When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through.
When they wrote the Constitution, only white male landowners had the right to vote.
When we're unemployed, we're called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it's called a depression.
When you create more small businesses, you create small entrepreneurship. Out of that comes self-determination and employment.
While I've spent a lot of quality time with my children, perhaps it's not been enough. Time
Who lives long and who dies prematurely, is the defining issue of our time. And I submit to you, there's a significant race dimension, it is basically class-driven. Time
You can be out of slavery and have the right to vote, but unless you have access to capital, industry and technology, you can't fulfill your dreams. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
You know, people'd always ask 'Why is Jesse Jackson running for the White House?' They never seen the house I'm running from.
You may choose your mate, but you cannot deny someone else the right to choose their mate.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.