Black History Month: Jesse Jackson

February 19, 2018

Some people, and even myself at one point, don’t realize that former president Barack Obama was not the first African American to run for president. While he was the first to get elected, before him there were many black citizens who have tried, but just didn’t come close enough to conquer. One of those people was Jesse Jackson. In 1984, he was the second African American to run for U.S. presidency.
In Mr. Jackson’s early years, he was known to be a very exceptional boy. Smart and charming, he went on to attend University and had the opportunity to attend a march with Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and began his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. He left school and decided to work for Dr. King at the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference). Although in the end he was suspended for false claims about Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's death, he later resigned and went on to do other things.
Jesse Jackson started an organization known as People United to Save Humanity (PUSH) and the National Rainbow Coalition in order to “establish equal rights for African Americans, women, and homosexuals”*.
However, Mr. Jackson didn’t stop his efforts here in the United States. As his political influence increased, he took to helping others around the world, including Haiti and South Africa, solve their problems and disputes within the country.
Jesse Jackson can definitely be remembered for his controversial statements and opinions, but along with that, we cannot look past the progress he has always made for African Americans here in the United States and around the world.
Jesse Jackson. From 1941- to present. I believe that despite some things, Jesse Jackson is certainly a valid example of a person transforming the world through politics and hard work. No matter had old you get or how far you think you may have come, the world could always use some change and it has to start somewhere. No matter how long it takes, you can always do more.
“Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.” -Jesse Jackson
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