Sharpton on Replacing Rev. Jesse Jackson: “Everybody Has Their Day”

Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson have had a complex relationship that sometimes resulted sharpton and jacksonin the two men bumping heads over who would lead the black community. Unlike Jackson, Sharpton doesn’t have an organic connection to the civil rights movement through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but Sharpton made a name for himself in New York and used that reputation to catapult himself to prominence.

Nowhere is Sharpton’s prominence more evident than in Ferguson, where Sharpton was the featured speaker at a church rally this past Sunday. Since Rev. Jesse Jackson is also in Ferguson, some are wondering whether this means Sharpton has finally overtaken Jackson as the go-to leader in the community.

In a new feature for POLITICO magazine that looks at how Sharpton went from a protesting preacher to an MSNBC pundit, Sharpton opens up about overshadowing Rev. Jackson in Ferguson.

“I think he’s now realized that he’s older now … And he realizes that I’ve come into my own and he’s got to deal with it,” Sharpton said of Jackson.  “[The relationship is] respectful but it’s clearly not protégé-mentor. I still admire what he did, I just think that things pass on. I’m going to pass on—everybody has their day.”

Sharpton also admits that he learned a lot from Rev. Jackson.

“I saw myself as a guy who learned from Jesse Jackson how to do national civil rights. I wasn’t really interested in who was going to be the next district leader in Brooklyn. My ambitions were always a lot bigger than what my critics thought my ability was.”

Sharpton is 59 years old, while Rev. Jackson is 72. For many, a 13 year difference in age is not enough of a gap to focus on, but in so far as Sharpton and Jackson go, it may as well be a lifetime between them.


37 Comment

  1. they are both n the pass, both preachers that got caught up in their own private hell and r just going thru the motion, but the black youth don't really pay them any attention, t would not trust or believe al sharpton and if he's involved he's trying to get paid

  2. These two Coons do not speak for us Jessie and Am are CIA agents and tools for white supermacy or the black guards of white supermacy both aren't allowed by their handlers to ever mention the words African Liberation

  3. In the African American community, traditionally we're taught to revere our elders. Noone will ever forget Jesse Jacksons committment and love for Black ppl. Nor will we ever not appreciate his contributions. The same can be said for Al Sharpton and all the many bold new voices. I believe there is room for any and everyone, who is seriously committed to improving the plight of Black People, in this beast we call Amerikka….

  4. I concur with Brother Rick Riley. Al and Jesse are sell outs. They are in it for the money. Mainstream media promotes them because that is a tactic to divide and ensure that Blacks don't make progress. As Al the following question: Where is the money?

    Al needs to stay in New York and preach to his followers. It's sad that our people are misinformed, miseducated and mislead by mainstream media and sell outs. His track record is exploitation of Black communities and national events. Mainstream media and whites know that when hand picked Black pastors, preachers or ministers are involved, they will help maintain the status quo and nothing is going to change.

    Jesse needs to stay in Chicago and deal with issues. It's obvious he is ineffective based on the high crime rate in Chicago. In addition, he has allowed Black teachers in Chicago to be fired without due process. Shame on Jesse! Jesse is a joke. Ask Jesse: Where is the money?

    The same is true about the NAACP. The NAACP is controlled by corporate America. Gill Ford is another example of a minister, pastor or preachers misrepresenting the cloth. He once told me if you pay a pastor, preacher or minister, they will get involved in cases or issues related to Blacks. The NAACP is a JOKE. I know the history of corruption in the NAACP in Colorado where he was active in the Denver Branch. Ask Gill: Where is the money?

    Wake up Black America!

    It's time Blacks do their home work. Rev. Edward Pinkney in Benton Harbor, Michigan was legally lynched by the NAACP….check out this pastor record and his ongoing struggle to get justice for himself and citizens of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Please! I challenge you to check him out and contact him at 1.269.369.8257. Check him out on the internet. Get the facts and act. Remember that Mainstream media ignore or discredit real Black leaders. As Blacks, it is our responsibility to know the facts and stop reacting base on emotions. Let's make this a new beginning. I am not sharing this information to divide Black communities. We must start a new chapter today and educate other about sell out. They are pimping Black communities.
    JUST SAY NO TO THE NAACP! My name is James Tucker. You can reach me at 719.528.1954. Another Black organization, I suggest you support is the Coalition For Change (C4C) located in Washington D.C. Ms. Tanya Ward Jordan is the president. We must identify our leaders and define our Black communities and stop allowing other to misrepresent us.

  5. These two media whores, are “pimps in the pulpits.”
    Be on the look-out for this up and coming brother. by the name
    of Jessie Williams. He is an actor/activist who has been speaking
    some real truth to power. You can Google him on CNN.

  6. I appreciate all who have devoted a portion of their lives to make a difference for the good of others. Not everyone who tries will always get it right every time. No one is perfect,but many will be the first to throw stones and call names and feel justified in doing so. I say THANK YOU for making a difference. I appreciate your efforts and your sacrifice. As you pass the torch, may God keep you in His Loving Grace.

  7. Ms. Anderson I agree with you. I will add that Rev. Al will probably hear those same words said about him when he reaches Rev. Jackson’s agem

  8. Farrakhan slays them all…..

  9. Before I can say what either of them did to help the Black community I would need proof. Proof of policy changes to help black Ppl, proof of initiatives implemented to help black Ppl, proof of programs and/or JOBS to help black Ppl, proof of barriers being broke down for the advancement of black businesses. Proof of policy change that is geared for the advancement of our children. Otherwise, its all lip service. And I’m not talking about putting a white face in place to run/implement these policies. Many times policy, programs, and initiatives geared toward our advancement are not implemented by us. Therefore there is no change…

  10. Jesse and All are prominent people in the black community, however the leadership handle was put there by white media and that fact alone diminished or nullified the usefulness to the black community, however they are admired and respected as is one of our traditions to respect our elders from the bum to the president.


  12. This kind of dialogue is NOT healthy. Dr. King and Malcolm had their differences but they were discreet and took great lengths to keep them private. Shut the f@ck up both of you, and keep your EYES ON THE PRIZE.

  13. I really appreciate all that both have done…but really, what is this "black leaders" crap? Are "black people," on some kind of reservation here in America like the Indians? In that case, do Mexicans have a so-called leader? What about the Chinese? Or the rest? Do white people even have a leader? I'm waiting for a spaceship to land here and some little green creature steps off and says, "Take me to your leader." Lol. Some black people are going to be walking around in circles if anything ever happen to those so-called 'leaders."

  14. Wow. Don't complain when someone white calls you out of your name. You talk about African liberation. It starts with respecting each other and self-definition. Your statement is totally disrespectful. You are behaving to type, tearing your own leaders down. We are the only people who do not respect our elders. Jesse has done more for Black liberation than you probably ever will. Is he perfect? No. But, he does not deserve to be called a coon. You obviously believe in anything the press tells you about our people, I guess. You are an embarrassment.

  15. Jessie is one of the most brilliant and effective political figures in our community. Please stop grouping him with Al Sharpton. Jesse actually has put in his time in the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Al is someone who has rode his coat tails to prominence, but never really earned his status. Now, he wants to talk about Jesse in a negative light after he got what he needed. Also, it is he with the ties to the FBI, not Jesse. I have my problems with both, but I give credit where it is deserved. Jesse deserves more accolades for his work. Some people get pissed off because he had enough sense to shake down corporations for money off the top. Hell, he needed to feed and educate his children too.

  16. All I have to say is…NEITHER ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, NO WAY, DON'T HAVE ANY RESPECT FOR NEITHER ONE.

  17. that is so rude, especially when you don't have your behind out there on the front line doing nothing for any cause, but you feel like you have an opinion and most of them are like a$$holes they stink, so does yours, no respect for the real men that got our mothers and fathers thru a rough time, just so your dumb behind can say some stupid crap like that, really, get in the coffin, kill yo self!!!

  18. these are two men who has stood on the front line when and like no one else will and they should be respected for that, it is bad enough that white people talk about them airgos the unity that we don't have with each other that we can set and go after each other media style, if we can just step back into reality for a moment and remember what our ancestors went thru, we have already done them a disservice by setting around doing nothing, getting a lil money we living large in the hood lmao, every time I see a volve, bmw, etc.,,,, in the hood and everybody mad at you because you have it, just crazy not thinking about nothing but material things until crap like this happens, I watch it everyday cause I'm out there, living in the hood, trying to uplift us everyday but all I see is everybody stabbing each other in the back, on the jobs, in the street, our ancestor made it thru cause they looked out for each other, just sad now we what to help the media put two brothers against each other who will we can call on no matter what, really we so uppity now we just agree with the enemy!!!!!!! about us, lmao

  19. As a Black Community Leader here in Texas(Dallas) their is a difference in black leaders and leading blacks the black leaders are picked leading blacks are ordained we need to prepare the next generation to continue the fight it's not about money are TV appearance it's about fighting for justice for all justiceseekerstexas.ning.com go to our site

  20. Both Rev. Jackson and Rev. “Snitchton” aka Sharpton are suspect. Rev. Jackson was responsible for the dismissal of Dr. Martin Luther King’s personal security (the Invaders) on the day of his assassination. Rev. “Snitchton” aka Sharpton was/is an FBI “snitch” who cannot be trusted. Neither one deserves any level of credibility with the questionable backgrounds that both have.

  21. Jessie was responsible for MLK murder MLK inner circle talked openly about Jessie's involvement and him being put into the black movements so whites could control it Al sharpton is a Know CIA spy he's dispatched to Keep and eye on protests to keep them manageable and in step with white supermacy agenda its 2014 you should no this one day after King was murder his inner circle put it on video of Jessie betrayal YouTube it and far as my track record I roll with real revolutionary and i don't play nice when it comes to the lives of my people you play nice if you need to but stay the fuck out the way of the warriors who are here to liberate in the name and protection of the ancestors all have been warn.


  23. Yep!

  24. Fuck both of them.

  25. Uncle Al you are over as well…Your nothing more than a snitch,,,you bring your behind to LA and you will get the same welcome Uncle Jesse got. You have your followers but they are mostly in New York and that is where you should stay. You DO NOT represent the Black community you may represent Ferguson but that is one Black community. Don't pat your own back to quickly

  26. What is the Minster saying about this

  27. We need a new leadership model

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