Jesse Jackson’s Beliefs
As one of today’s key people in Civil Rights, Reverend Jesse Jackson did not only stayed in the shadows but fought to put his beliefs in the light. His key belief is to put African Americans in the seat of power. He not only stated what he believes but put it into action himself when he ran for President first in 1984’s Democratic Nomination and then again in 1988’s Democratic Nomination.
Reverend Jesse Jackson was voted as one of today’s “Most Important Black Leader”. He has been in the office of the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. His son, Jesse Jackson Jr. is fighting alongside with him in this Rainbow coalition. He has been fighting with racial discrimination since his high school days as the star quarterback and later in college when he was not awarded what was due him because of racisms. In 1966, after dropping from Chicago Theological Seminary, Jesse Jackson focused on is civil rights activities. Despite the fact that he dropped from the seminary, he still became the Reverend Jesse Jackson in 1968 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in theology in 1990.
Reverend Jesse Jackson combines his faith as a minister and his admiration to Martin Luther King Jr., whom he met personally, works and movements to conceptualize his beliefs. Reverend Jesse Jackson learned from his parents to trust in God and put everything in prayers. Reverend Jesse Jackson further exclaimed that with God, nothing is truly impossible. Growing up in an environment where black Americans do not have the same privileges as the white, Jesse Jackson sought out a better way to fight off inequalities. And with King and Leon Sullivan’s plight for the black American’s civil rights, Reverend Jesse Jackson came up with his own “Freedom Symphony”.
Reverend Jesse Jackson symphony for freedom is about giving the black Americans equal rights. The black people have the right to join in building the nation’s prosperity. He asks for equal rights to run for office which Jesse Jackson did against all odds. And though America was not ready for him yet, his labors were not put to waste and fallen unto deaf ears, President Obama all but proven Jesse Jackson beliefs. Jesse Jackson fight, and now his sons Jesse Jackson Jr. as well, is to bring economic justice, equal access to the nation’s capital, technology and industry to the black people too. However, Reverend Jesse Jackson did not fight for black Americans alone. He advocates civil rights peace, gender equality, economic justice and social justice on some minorities such as the Hispanic community and on women’s rights. Reverend Jesse Jackson beliefs and his movements dubbed him as the nation’s conscience and the unifier.
Being a Baptist minister and his civil rights activists’ works, Reverend Jesse Jackson is able to influenced people around him, especially his son representative Jesse Jackson Jr. who is now continuing his father’s belief in Equality. Reverend Jesse Jackson might have not won the Presidential elections in his time, but he is still the “Living American Leader”.
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