The Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke to S2S Publisher Jamie Foster Brown about the importance of voting in the upcoming presidential election.
“Whenever young African Americans come alive and speak to the serious challenges of our time, we always change the course of our history,” said the Rev. Jesse, who also shared startling statistics about violence in the Black community.
“The national count of Black males 14 and older murdered in America from 1976 to 2005 was 214,661," he said.
Find out how Jesse suggests we make a difference, and get more in the September 2012 issue of Sister 2 Sister.
Jamie: You said something when I was at your PUSH on Wall Street event. You named some things there that…
Jesse: I was saying that those who don’t vote lose the right to complain. If you don’t vote, you’ve given up the right to complain.
Jamie: There was something else, too; we couldn’t register for something else.
Jesse: Oh, if you don’t vote you can’t be a juror.
Jamie: Right. You can’t be a juror.
Jesse: If you vote, you can also run for office.
Jamie: Okay. What do we need to go and register to vote?
Jesse: Your ID card.
Jamie: And do I fill out a lot? Is the form long? I’m asking you because people don’t know.
Jesse: It’s usually short, it’s not real long.
Jamie: What will it take, like five minutes?
Jesse: It’s not longer than the march from Selma to Montgomery. It ain’t 50-something miles long.