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If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds. ---->>>

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.

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.

Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.

Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.

Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.

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. ---->>>

At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.

At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it. ---->>>

Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rater than pushed by our memories. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

While I've spent a lot of quality time with my children, perhaps it's not been enough. ---->>>

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 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.

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. ---->>>

Your children need your presence more than your presents.

Your children need your presence more than your presents.

When we're unemployed, we're called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it's called a depression. ---->>>

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.

When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through. ---->>>

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.

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.

When you create more small businesses, you create small entrepreneurship. Out of that comes self-determination and employment. ---->>>

I'm too mature to be angry.

I'm too mature to be angry.

Success needs no explanation. Failure does not have one that matters.

Success needs no explanation. Failure does not have one that matters.

A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever.

A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever.

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

America needs young people to be inspired to choose sacrifice over greed. ---->>>

Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.

Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.

Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy. ---->>>

Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville. ---->>>

There is no power in cynicism. There is no forward thrust in cynicism. ---->>>

I was born in a slum, but the slum wasn't born in me. ---->>>

Humanitarian appeals always help. They penetrate deeper than political tradeoffs. ---->>>

We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.

We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.

At the end of the day, we're defined by our predicament, not by the sides of town. ---->>>

From seeds of his body blossomed the flower that liberated a people and touched the soul of a nation. ---->>>

Life has its dimensions in the mysterious. ---->>>

We must not measure greatness from the mansion down, but from the manger up. ---->>>

George Bush has met more foreign heads of state than I have. But a substantial number of them were dead. ---->>>

In tough economic times, desperate people do desperate things, and the abortion rate goes up. ---->>>

There have been more people disenfranchised in Washington than there have been in Kuwait. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

We must all learn a good lesson - how to live together. ---->>>

You know, people'd always ask 'Why is Jesse Jackson running for the White House?' They never seen the house I'm running from. ---->>>

A check or credit card, a Gucci bag strap, anything of value will do. Give as you live. ---->>>

If a black doctor discovers a cure for cancer, ain't no hospital going to lock him out. ---->>>

Few would deny that blacks have become very dominant in athletics: football, basketball, track, now dominant in tennis and dominant in golf. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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 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.

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other. ---->>>

Keep hope alive! ---->>>

In politics, an organized minority is a political majority. ---->>>

Most blacks will argue that they excel because of hard work, because of intellect, determination, sweat, blood, tears and risk. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

In many ways Africa subsidised America and Europe's development. ---->>>

Obama used to be a community organizer. He knows how to build communities. ---->>>

Statehood for the District of Columbia is the most important civil rights and social justice issue in America today. ---->>>

The relationship between the prophet and the President, the priest and the President, is a sacred one. ---->>>

Black men of integrity cannot make a deal with a politician and leave out the poor of the nation, all God's children. ---->>>

I had to steal to survive. ---->>>

I know they are all environmentalists. I heard a lot of my speeches recycled. ---->>>

So many bright stars, bright in life, burn out quickly. ---->>>

The great responsibility that we have today is to put the poor and the near poor back on front of the American agenda. ---->>>

I am a journalist. ---->>>

I want to make America better! ---->>>

If the states had to vote on slavery, we would have lost the vote. ---->>>

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! ---->>>

People always grow and mature. ---->>>

So much talent comes from the base of poverty and those in the margins. You limit the base, you miss too much talent. ---->>>

The laws are stacked for the wealthy. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Music of all arts should be expansive and inclusive. ---->>>

I remember being taught my place. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The law protects you from being abused. It doesn't threaten your lifestyle for someone else to have the right to exhibit their lifestyle. ---->>>

I'm not wasting my time with any more non-straight-talking candidates. ---->>>

I hear that melting-pot stuff a lot, and all I can say is that we haven't melted. ---->>>

We reveal our joys and successes, we conceal our pain. ---->>>

You may choose your mate, but you cannot deny someone else the right to choose their mate. ---->>>

I had gained a greater appreciation of hearing the concerns of woman, doctors, and so many others. ---->>>

The American people on the ground need a clearer, stronger, Lyndon B. Johnson-type voice from their president. ---->>>

When they wrote the Constitution, only white male landowners had the right to vote. ---->>>

At least the politicians are accountable to the voters. ---->>>

I was extended secret service protection during my presidential run in 1984, when I received the most death threats ever made toward a candidate. ---->>>

Ronald Reagan was older than I was when he ran for president. ---->>>

Any attempt to dilute my support for Sen. Obama will not succeed. ---->>>

Black and Jewish leaders have been a coalition of conscience. ---->>>

Conservatives and liberals can find common ground. ---->>>

Fighting disparities is very significant. ---->>>

I have worked hard to build relationships between Jewish people and black people. ---->>>

I know how to run a nationally paced campaign. ---->>>

I take my role seriously as a pastor. ---->>>

There's a full-court press to put down an uprising around Ferguson, but no preparation for lifting up the people there. ---->>>

Those who have the most wealth and the most property, their children have the first, the best, and the most. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 10-08, 1941
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Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. (born Jesse Louis Burns; October 8, 1941) is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997 (wikipedia)