I know about Black American leadership from a personal and a professional perspective that spans more than five decades of observation and involvement. After recently participating in the 2014 Rainbow Push Automotive Summit in Detroit, I felt this was an ideal time to reflect on Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and his long years of national and global leadership.

For some reason, over the years there has been a counterproductive trend and tendency among national Black American leaders not to say something complimentary about one another. As a consequence of this kind of reluctance to express a camaraderie among fellow Black American “freedom fighters,” there has been a significant disunity among Black American organizations, institutions and communities.

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