Wednesday, November 2, 2011


FLG saw this message from Georgetown in his inbox:

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

invites students, faculty and staff to a
Celebration of the Life and Legacy of the 
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.


Rev. Al Sharpton 
Rev. Marcia L. Dyson
Mr. Gary Flowers
Ms. Laura Murphy
Dr. James Peterson 

Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. 

Monday, November 7, 2011   
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Gaston Hall

Doors open at 9:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Seriously? What's there to celebrate? He was an MLK Jr hanger-on, a quixotic presidential candidate, and apparently used his charity as a slush fund to pay for illegitimate children. The introductory speech could consist of one sentence -- here's a Class A media hound who is perhaps only surpassed in that regard by another speaker, Rev. Al. 

(FLG will admit, however, he does have a soft spot deep down in his heart for Rev. Al.  FLG thinks he's in on the joke.)


The Ancient said...

Here's a Jackson story that not very many people know.

In the Spring of 1969, Jackson led a sit-in demonstration on the front lawn of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Think of it as a rough draft for OWS, but limited to poor blacks in buses from the South Side of Chicago.)

After three or four days, the old bulls in the state legislature had seen and heard enough. So the question went out -- perhaps for the first time in American politics! -- What Does Jesse Want?

A meeting was scheduled, and Jackson was summoned. He arrived wearing a tight-fitting mustard-colored jumpsuit with a zipper-front that left half his chest exposed. It also made it painfully clear that the Reverend Jackson was not wearing any underwear.

The old men who ran the House and Senate -- Irishmen, Italians and Jews from Chicago and two or three other cities -- were so shocked that they instantly agreed to the passage of the six or eight inconsequential bills that Jackson had come to lobby. Just to avoid looking at Jackson, ever again.

P.S. Jackson Jr is not noticeably more corrupt than any other Chicago politician, and he has the positive virtue of a sense of humor about his father.

The Ancient said...

P.S. If you want make mischief, you could go and ask the host what he thinks of Ralph Abernathy's account of the final 24 hours of King's life.

FLG said...


I'm with you on Jr. In fact, I kinda like him. Again, like rev al, it's the sense of humor.

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