source: The Guardian
published: 16 August 2015
“There is a false narrative that the movement stopped and then started again,” says the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr, when I ask whether he feels in or out of step with the Black Lives Matter movement.
“We never stopped,” the 73-year-old civil rights activist says, chiding me subtly for questioning whether there was any sunlight between his decades of activism and today’s activists.
Birthed in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s killing in 2012 in Florida and kicked into high gear a year ago with the killing of Michael Brown in St Louis, Black Lives Matter is a political movement largely led by young protesters unattached to organisations such as Jackson’s Rainbow/Push (People United to Save Humanity) coalition.
It has flourished during the time of the nation’s first black president – a historic achievement that Jackson once hoped would be not Barack Obama’s, but his own.