I thought the program was spectacular in its presenting of history as well as Jackson's position in it. I was most touched by Andrew Young's tears. He seemd so ambivalent about Jackson and perhaps his own failure to take up the mantle of King.One question only: How come you always end these programs so abruptly? It seems like there is no real end, that the editor said, "Let's just stop here." I always think it's going to come back. Is there more to the Jackson story?
Thank you for the special on Jesse Jackson.
Like many Americans, I have been a part of, and observer of civil rights activities for almost forty years. It was one of the defining events that prompted me to become a sociologist.
Dr. Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson may be more successful than commonly assumed by looking at popular measures of success. Dr. King did not live to see many of his ideas become a part of our cultural heritage. For example, his "I Have a Dream" speech is as much Americana as Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address". And many of Jesse Jackson's ideas are now included in both Republican and Democratic Party agendas. The Democratic Party, in particular, must consider Jesse Jackson's presence and impact when planning for a national election. If we measure success by the acceptance of ideas, then both are successful. Both men have changed American life. How many people of any color get that privilege?
Jesse Jackson is not the only voice which serves as a moral compass for America, but it is certainly one of the clearest and most effective.
Again, thanks for the special.
Jerry W. Shepperd
How terrible! A black guy with an ego and ambition! That's what folks seemed to be saying in the special on Jesse Jackson. Well, it takes that to run for president, and how much more so for a black man running for the presidency of a racist white society? I find a lot to admire in Jesse's pride and belief in himself and the rightness of his cause. That's what got him nearer than anyone has ever come to busting the race barrier wide open during that campaign. Thanks, Jesse, from a white Hoosier.
Eric A. Thiel
Perhaps living in small town Canada, we get sheltered from racism, but I couldn't agree more with Mr. Jackson's comments (paraphrasing) that we must forget race, colour nationality and become a global family. I am very concerned that we are becoming more negative in our feelings toward race and have had many discussions with my children in the "we are all the same" tone. I would like to see more historical shows that give us an understanding of the struggles of others but also the gains all races have made in dealing with it.
I am most encouraged by the the video responses on the feedback portion and in the
children's obvious desire to help. I am sure that with the attitude of these young
people and their insightful educators, the dream of Mr. Jackson's rainbow coalition
is on the horizon, one only hopes it is not a mirage.
Thank You for your documentary on this man of the people. However, at the end of your broadcast, the question was raised as to whether Rev. Jackson's time has passed. Seemingly you wonder if, during these times of frightening conservative backlash, there is still an audience to receive his message. It is precisely now, when it seems the majority is more interested in increasing profits and cutting taxes for the upper five percent of our nation's wealthy than seriously considering solutions to lack of medical care, hunger, and homelessness in our society, that his mission is most crucial.
There are a great many people who go without. Without
justice, without food, without dignity...
Although nearly all but the most sheltered citizens of the U.S. see the suffering
which goes on each day, very, very few actually do something about it all. I've
seen Rev. Jackson speak, and have felt his inspiration. As long as he's able to
speak for those of us who cannot, and those of us who have not, I believe he will.
And as long as America continues its ignorant slumber, we in the minority need him
to make that wake-up call.
T. A. B.
Thank you for showing the human side of Jesse Jackson. I've long admired him (behind Dr. King). I think I most admire his ability to speak and inspire others with his words. I think above everything else, you've shown all sides of Jackson; not only the moral side, but the human side, yearning for acceptance and acknowledgement. So many of us yearn for the same! Yet, I believe he'll have his place in history, along with Dr.King.
Please continue to produce and show your outstanding programs.
Arroyo Grande, CA
Your writers for the Jesse Jackson story tonight described the nation as dangerously divided racially and economically. This is more and more evident with each month that passes. Dr. King had the right ideas and Rev. Jackson clearly has related goals. I simply want to praise Jackson's long standing efforts to help America be as great as it can be and has been from time to time. Separatism breaks my heart and Jackson's actions past and present lift my spirits. And you, obviously do the nation a great service by presenting the man without sugarcoating, but realistically so that your audience can put aside suspicions and hear his important messages to us all. Can you possibly pass this on to Rev. Jackson from an aging WASP male who is broken hearted daily at the nations divisions. I was in my twenties in the 1960's and full of real hope for all of us. Who am I to invoke any blessings but I have to say, God Bless you, Jesse Jackson.
I saw Jesse Jackson give a speech at Georgetown University when I was an undergraduate in the 1980s. It was then that I discovered that he IS one of the most powerful moral leaders of out time. It is not just the eloquence of his speeches, it is his message. The problem is that most Americans do not want to face the problems he brings to our attention. He presents us with the universal Christian message of brotherhood to which other leaders only pay lip service. He continues this message in spite of the hatred he faced with other leaders of the civil rights movement in years past. It is my hope that he can find an appropriate forum from which to continue to provide moral guidance and leadership.