JESSIE JACKSON IN 1975

I’ve told you before that I used to be active in the Democratic party. In my rummaging among old school materials I found these bits. So I’m sharing a bit from my past.

I’m not sure whether this picture of Jessie Jackson was that year but it was online for Tulsa Teachers Convention in 1975, so I guess it was picture near that time.

I achieved a bit of local notice because of my work and development of material for teaching Dolch Sight words.  Thus, the reason for the letter and my presentation at a Teacher’s Convention in Tulsa.  That was quite a big deal for me. When I moved from Claremore, I donated a lot of school material to a Christian School there.  I guess that was where my work ended up. 

This was in 1975, the year Jesse Jackson was main speaker.  He was active in civil rights causes, but I do not think that was his purpose for being at the convention. As I remember it, he was adamant about black fathers taking a responsible role in the lives of their children.  I didn’t know then it was such a big deal for me to share a minor spot with Jessie Jackson.

After these forty-five years, I must say I see nothing of the young man I admired on that day in 1975. So sorry he did not continue as I saw him that day. It seems money and fame are prone to drag a man down. I see him now as having joined the “blame gang” and encouraging the blacks in their victimhood. Maybe I am wrong, I don’t keep up much with his doings.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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12 Responses to JESSIE JACKSON IN 1975

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Although I’ve heard of Jesse Jackson, I don’t know much about him. You made a good point about money and fame dragging a man down.

    • oneta hayes says:

      He sort of joined forces with Al Sharpton. I have never been impressed with Al Sharpton in any positive way. I guess that is when I began losing respect for Jessie Jackson.

  2. Faye says:

    Thank you for sharing this. From a distance folk like Jessie Jackson only appeared as Role examples for change. He was admired here and young coloured children took note. They aspired to be better citizens husbands and fathers. The Jessie we sometimes read about today is NOT THE same. Something has influenced his ability to lead the young in a God honouring way. THE VICTIM mantra is being fuelled by the political and ungodly arm of BLack Lives Matter.

    • oneta hayes says:

      We seem to have the same opinion regarding the influence of Jessie Jackson. I don’t know why he threw in with Al Sharpton. He would have been better off to have followed MLK’s influence.

  3. Faye says:

    Thank you for sharing this. From a distance folk like Jessie Jackson only appeared as Role examples for change. He was admired here and young coloured children took note. They aspired to be better citizens husbands and fathers. The Jessie we sometimes read about today is NOT THE same. Something has influenced his ability to lead the young in a God honouring way. THE VICTIM mantra is being fuelled by the political and ungodly arm of BLack Lives Matter.

  4. Faye says:

    SOMETHING strange happened. Thank you for your blog Oneta, The screen started vibrating and shaking then it disappeared, I came back to check and see my comment has appeared twice. I Can’t fix it. sorry. It was so strange It FELT like your site was under fire like in a battle.

  5. pranabaxom says:

    Wow, you were a Democrat once! Blasphemy 😀. Did your hero follow in your footsteps or you followed him to the Republican party?
    Not blogging that much recently. Between CNN and FOX, not much time for blogging 😀. At least I am staying home.
    Hope to be back soon. Stay home and stay safe. Take care.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Never too late to learn. I’m in most of the time. This week I’ve had to be because of hip problems. I don’t know what the problem is, but I hurt.

      • pranabaxom says:

        Sorry to hear about your hip pain. Hope it is just transient and you will be well soon.
        Take care and stay safe.

        I did learn and that’s why try to stay away from politics, fake news and lies😀

  6. I was surprised to read that Jesse Jackson was “pro-fathers” back then. You’re right, it’s a shame he changed his message.
    (The other day my husband saw a man standing next to a sign that said “Black Dads Matter.” So there are still SOME dads who recognize their importance.)

    • oneta hayes says:

      Ooo. I love that sign. Taking responsibility rather than the blame game. There are some good fathers of all colors still but they don’t get much recognition. Women are also to blame for making men feel they don’t matter. I Am Woman.

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