Feature: The Remarkable Quotes of Jesse Jackson


by Ayo Akinfe

Jesse Jackson is another man whose myriad of quotes are a must-read for anyone passionate about advancing humanity


[1] Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up

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

[3] If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender and rise up against the odds

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

[5] If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it

[6] In politics, an organized minority is a political majority

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

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

[9] Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rater than pushed by our memories

[10] We’ve removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams

Ayo is a London-based journalist who has worked as a magazine and newspaper editor for the last 31 years. He was the founding editor of Nigerian Watch, the UK-based paper for the Nigerian community in the UK.  

He is the current president of Ondo Union UK, the chair of Uncelebrated Nigerian Awards UK and was the chairman of the Nigerian Centenary Awards UK organising committee. He was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK

He is also the author of two books on Nigeria. Fuelling the Delta Fires is an expose which reveals the depth of the challenges in the Niger Delta, while Black Ladder is a narrative about the life of a Nigerian immigrant in the UK. In addition, Ayo is a columnist for several publishing houses in both Nigeria and the UK.

Ayo has a history degree from the University of Ibadan and I did my post-graduate studies in journalism at the University of Westminster.


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